Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. The group’s members have played with Riverdance, Solas, Eileen Ivers, Clannad, Guy Mendilow Band, Eric Anderson, and Jonathan Edwards, among others. RUNA comes to Rochester for a Golden Link concert this Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.
They weave together the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues to offer a thrilling take on traditional music. Here’s an example of their musical variety – in addition to traditional Celtic songs and tunes, one of their CDs includes the classic labor song “The Banks are Made of Marble,” a gospel song, two Child ballads, and songs by Kate Rusby and Amos Lee.
RUNA (which means “mystery or secret lore” in Gaelic) features vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia; Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra; Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion; Zach White of St. Louis on guitar, vocals, and mandolin; and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle and mandolin.
For a sample of what you might hear, watch this YouTube video:
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You can now also purchase tickets to this and other upcoming concerts at Bop Shop Records near 12 Corners. The store is open until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, so you can stop and get your tickets on the way to the sing-around, and there’s no service charge for using cash or check.
Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.