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IRISH roots band Lunasa bring their infectious music to the county next week.

They play an energetic blend of contemporary and traditional music and their show at Barnsley Civic Hall is part of Lunasa’s most extensive UK tour to date.

Formed in 1996 Lunasa is powered by double bass-driven rhythms. The band features Kevin Crawford, Sean Smyth and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instruments (low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles and fiddle), augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Ed Boyd on guitar. On the tour Tola Custy guests for Sean Smyth on fiddle.

Lunasa have toured and performed with such respected artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rosanne Cash, and Billy Bragg. Their sell out tours around the world helped them gain major international acknowledgement. Earning themselves the Coeur Miroir award at the Quebec City Summer festival in 2003 confirmed the band’s reputation as masters of modern Irish music, and in 2010 they won further major international acknowledgement in the LIVIES (liveireland.com) awards when they were named Performers of the Decade.

Lunasa are at Barnsley Civic Hall, Barnsley on Saturday May 12. Tickets are available from the box office on 01226 327000.

TANGLEFOOT front man Al Parrish goes solo next Friday for a night at the Chesterfield Folk Club.

His boundless energy, and huge voice ensured Tanglefoot shows in Canadian, American and the UK have been sold out for 17 years.

As a solo performer, he presents original material, some interesting covers and Tanglefoot favourites, on acoustic guitar, trademark double bass, or acapella.

He grew up singing in choir and playing in the high school band. Later, he played in many bands, in many genres. In 1989, Al entered the world of folk/roots music and, with three pals friends created Brean Derg Muc, a Toronto-based, pseudo-Irish group that took the Ontario festival scene by storm.

Over the next couple of years, Al freelanced in Canada before joining legendary Canadian roots group Tanglefoot, in 1994, before disbanding in December 2009.

Al Parrish is at Chesterfield Folk Club, Club Chesterfield next Friday, May 11.

Wath Festival takes place this weekend. Full details: www.wathfestival.org.uk

A SINGERS and musicians night is held at the Rock@Maltby folk club tomorrow. Next Friday’s guest is Christine Collister.

CHARITIES Homestart Sheffield, Action for children, The Bible Society benefit from a concert by The University of Sheffield Gospel Choir at Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Crosspool next Wednesday. Tickets (£5 of £3.50 concessions) on the door or in advance from Bob Townrow on 0114 230 1098.

GUITAR innovator Wizz Jones will be at the Greystones, Sheffield, next Thursday, May 8. He is one of the creators of the British acoustic blues sound and has remained a stalwart of the blues and contemporary scene for 50 years.