"Redwood was conceived during a band break at Matt Greenhill’s ranch near Occidental, California in October 2001. We wanted to capture the live impact of Lúnasa, without losing the sonic quality that we always endeavor to achieve on our albums. We checked out a few studios in the area and happened upon the renowned Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. We booked ourselves in for ten days in the middle of our February 2002 U.S. tour. It was a wonderful and unique experience and we hope you enjoy the result." Lúnasa : Seán Smyth, Kevin Crawford, Donogh Hennessy, Trevor Hutchinson and Cillian Vallely.
Along with highly innovative arrangements of traditional tunes, Redwood features original compositions by Lúnasa members Hennessy, Crawford and Smyth. The band also welcomes special guest musician Jim Higgins, of Riverdance fame, on bodhrán and snare drum.
Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he with guitarist Donogh Hennessy would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band. Fiddler Seán Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Alan Kelly and Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered one of the finest flutists in Ireland, was a founding member of Moving Cloud; and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely has toured with Paddy O'Brien's Chul Rua, Clare fiddler Seamus Connolly and Riverdance.
Redwood is sure to be a long-standing testament to the strengths and talents of Lúnasa and secures their deep roots in the Irish music community.
Kevin Crawford - flutes, whistles
Seán Smyth - fiddle, whistles
Cillian Vallely - uilleann pipes, whistles
Donogh Hennessy - guitars, whistles
Trevor Hutchinson - double bass
Jim Higgins - bodhrán, snare drum
1) Cregg's Pipes
2) Welcome Home
3) Harp and Shamrock
4) Fest Noz
5) Spoil the Dance
6) A Stor Mo Croi
7) Dublin to Dingle
8) Lady Ellen
9) Cotati Nights
10) Two-Fifty to Vigo
11) Temple Hill