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"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

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“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Culture Break: Lúnasa: Ryestraw

I've been doing a Lúnasa marathon this morning, partly as a break from my usual desperately mordant rock/pop menu, and partly to check out some of the music I've not listened to recently.

I actually have a fair amount of "traditional" Irish/Scottish/British/Appalachian/Nordic music in my library, and I like Lúnasa (I reviewed one of their albums, The Story So Far, a retrospective album.)

From the YouTube description: Called "the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet" by the Irish Times, Lúnasa performs live from the intimate confines of The Burren Irish Pub in Somerville, Massachusetts. This is the opening song of the night, "Ryestraw". Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is made up of some of the top musical talents in Ireland.

That should get your toe tapping.

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