Irish and American musical odyssey coming to UH Hilo

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Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The sounds of American and Irish music will fill the air at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) when Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien and Lúnasa take the stage on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.

“I’ve been told that music is one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports,” said Performing Arts Center Manager Lee Dombroski. “And Lúnasa, a band like no other, has been at the forefront of that musical migration.”

Lúnasa has been called an “Irish Music Dream Team” by Folk Roots Magazine with members who comprise the best of the best in recent Irish music, including all-Ireland champions like fiddler Sean Smyth and other players, including veterans of The Waterboys and Donal Lunny’s Coolfin.

O’Brien, who Dire Straits’ front man Mark Knopfler referred to as “one of my favorite singers,” has collaborated with Steve Martin and the Chieftains among numerous others, and has had his songs recorded by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek.

“Tim O’Brien and Lúnasa will take you on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music,” Dombroski said. “I can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.”

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $30 General, $25 Discount and $15 UH Hilo/Hawai’i CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, pre-sale, or $35, $30 and $20 at the door.

For tickets, call the Box Office at 932-7490 or order online at

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