Contributed photo
                                Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely.

Contributed photo Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely.

Irish performers play at San Juan Island Grange on Jan. 20

  • Thu Jan 10th, 2019 3:13pm
  • Life

Submitted by event organizers

At 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely will perform at the San Juan Island Grange.

Crawford is a flute and whistle player and Vallely is the uilleann piper and low whistle player. Both are with the traditional Irish ensemble Lunasa, described as the “hottest Celtic band on the planet” by Irish Voice.

The duo sold out a performance at the San Juan Community Theatre a few years ago. Call Ruth at 360-298-1374 to reserve tickets for the Jan. 20 show.

Crawford was awarded the title of Irish Echo Musician of the year in 2000, following the release of his two highly successful solo albums, “In Good Company” and “D Flute.” In 2012, his third solo CD came out, “Carrying the Tune.” Now a member of Lunasa for over 18 years, Crawford previously made two albums with the acclaimed instrumental band Moving Cloud, 1995’s self-titled album, followed by “Foxglove” in 1998. Other notable album credits include “Grianan,” “Raise the Rafters,” “Joe Derrane,” “Sean Tyrrell” and “The Sanctuary Sessions. “Crawford also tours with Martin Hayes and John Doyle, as the Teetotalers. In September 2014, he produced a new CD for the 100-year-old Kilfenora Ceili Band. In 2018, Kevin released a CD, “The Drunken Gaugers,” with fiddler Dylan Foley and guitarist Patrick Doocey and a solo release titled “Carrying the Tune.”

In recent years, Vallely has played and toured with Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Riverdance and Tim O’Brien’s Crossing, in addition to recording as a guest on over 40 albums. He appeared on Bruce Springsteen’s 2014 album “High Hopes.” Most recently, he released his second solo recording, “The Raven’s Rock.” Cillian also tours Ireland frequently with brothers, Niall and Caoimhim, including performances in Cork City on Ireland’s national “Culture Night.” With Lunasa, he has played at the Hollywood Bowl, the Glastonbury and Cambridge Festivals, Womad Adelaide and the Edmonton Folk Festival, in addition to multiple tours across Asia, Australia, the U.S. and Europe. Lunasa has also performed with an orchestra in Dublin.