Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new super-groups, Runa (website here) has enchanted audiences by moving the boundaries of Irish folk music into the heart of Americana and roots music since 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards, and four Independent Music Awards, including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.
Runa consists of vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra, Canadian Cheryl Prashker on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.
Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, Runa creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them a reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation. Listen to some tunes here.
“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else!”
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