Lúnasa, the band dubbed “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet,” returns to the downtown Camden Opera House to present An Irish Christmas Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Lúnasa is internationally acknowledged as being one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfits of recent times, renowned for shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring. The band’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory.

Lúnasa has performed more than 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. Touring personnel comprises Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Colin Farrell (fiddle and whistles) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). The band’s blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music — and promises a Christmas celebration like no other.

Ashley Davis — “too country to be Celtic and too Celtic to be country” — will open the evening. The Kansas-born singer/songwriter and recording artist has collaborated with such musical luminaries as the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, fiddle player Eileen Ivers and harpist Cormac De Barra.

The event is sponsored by Abigail's Inn and Hawthorn Inn of Camden. General admission tickets are $28 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available via camdenoperahouse.com and at the door an hour prior to show time.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.