RUNA Embarks on Winter Tour, Live ALBUM


Submitted by -McGuckin Enter… Thu, 01/21/2016 - 6:11 pm

The innovative and award-winning Celtic-roots band RUNA builds on recent achievements with a robust winter tour set to include a live album recording on March 17.

Aptly scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, the live recording will be held in Germantown’s lovely Black Rock Arts Center and will be a treat for ticketholders and, ultimately, fans everywhere. Featuring a superb meal to start, the evening will end with an intimate performance of several new songs and favorites from past albums that include Current Affairs (2014), Somewhere Along the Road (2012), Stretched On Your Grave (2011) and Jealousy (2009). 

Notable tour stops also include the Katherine Hepburn Theatre, Red Clay Music Foundry, Blackstone River Theatre, Isis Music Hall, Durango Celtic Festival and many more. 

Recent Top Group & Top Traditional Group winners (Irish Music Awards, 2013) and a repeat winner for Best World/Traditional Song (Independent Music Awards 2014, 2013), RUNA is a fusion of musical influences and geographic upbringings. Members include bandleader, vocalist, and step dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia; Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra; Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion; Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step dancing; and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle.

Together, members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

Since 2008, RUNA has toured internationally, enchanting live audiences with its haunting traditional melodies, intoxicating rhythms, and sheer musical sophistication. The band’s sound, like its name, is a “mystical” blend of traditional Celtic flair and contemporary American music dubbed “timeless and flawless” by PA Music Scene and “lyrical” by Irish Philadelphia.

Experience RUNA’s magic personally at any of these upcoming performances.

2016 Tour Dates

Jan. 29 — Mudville Music Room, Jacksonville, Fla. 

Jan. 30 — Emerald Concerts, Hollywood, Fla.  

Jan. 31 — Fogartville, Sarasota, Fla.

Feb. 2— Culhane's Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Feb. 4 — Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, Ga.

Feb. 5 — Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series, Birmingham, Ala. 

Feb. 6 — Moonlight on the Mountain, Birmingham, Ala.

Feb. 10 — Isis Music Hall, Asheville, N.C.

Feb. 12 — The Cooperage Project, Honesdale, Pa.

Feb. 13 — Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, York, Pa.

Feb. 14 — Reynolds Hall, Shepard University, Sheperdstown, W. Va.

March 4 — Katherine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook, Conn.

March 5 — Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, R.I.

March 8 — Herod Hall Auditorium (Northwestern Oklahoma State University), Alva, Okla.

March 10 & 11 — Durango Celtic Festival, Durango, Colo.

March 12 — Music City Irish Festival, Nashville, Tenn.

March 17 — Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Md.

March 18 — Bright Box Theatre, Winchester, Va.

April 2 — Holy Family Home, Villanova, Pa.