What better time than St. Patrick's Day weekend to announce that the first performer for this year's N.C. Folk Festival is from Ireland?
ArtsGreensboro announced Friday afternoon that Lúnasa, a world-renowned Irish group, will perform at the second annual festival, Sept. 6 through 8 in downtown Greensboro.
“Lúnasa has a unique, modern sound that carries forward the traditional music of Ireland with respect and reverence to the musicians who shaped the island’s music in years past," said festival director Amy Grossmann in a news release. "They are one of the best Irish music bands today and we are thrilled to host them at this year’s festival.”
More than 150,000 people attended the inaugural N.C. Folk Festival in 2018, according to organizers.
ArtsGreensboro produces the free outdoor festival of multicultural music, dancing, storytelling, crafts and food with the city and other partners.
Each September from 2015 to 2017, the National Council for the Traditional Arts helped local organizers co-produce the National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro, paving the way for its regional spin-off.
Lúnasa has been performing traditional Irish music for more than 20 years and continues to be a leading voice in the contemporary Irish music scene, according to the relase.
Current members of the group include Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, and bodhran), Trevor Hutchinson (bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), and Colin Farrell (fiddle).
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