“RUNA sounds like no one else!” – Music Life & Times
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 genres since its formation in 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, the group offers a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
Receiving enthusiastic acclaim for the recent release of its fifth album, RUNA consists of 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, Ireland 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 individual band members. Their relentless striving for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.
RUNA has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards, plus four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.