CAMDEN — For the third time in the past four years, Lúnasa will bring its Irish Christmas tour to the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. The hottest acoustic Irish band on the planet, according to the Irish Echo, will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, sponsored by Camden Maine Stay Inn and 40 Paper.

Lúnasa’s Irish Christmas concert features Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistle; Kevin Crawford on flute, whistles and bodhran; Trevor Hutchinson on bass; Colin Farrell on fiddle and whistle; and Patrick Doocey on guitar. The multitalented Dave Curley will be back as the tour’s special guest vocalist this year.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god and patron of the arts, Lúnasa gathers some of the top musical talents in Ireland. From the start a quarter century ago, the band’s complex arrangements and distinctive sound have reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Lúnasa’s most recent album, “Cas,” features collaborations with a number of past concert vocalists including Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Eric Bibb.

Tickets are $54 in advance, $64 day-of-show (if available). Choose-your-own reserved seats are available online at or by calling 236-3154.

Dave Curley Photo by Ann Morien

Lúnasa Eric Politzer Photography