On Friday, March 15th, Celtic band RUNA will perform at the Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City’s Dennos Museum. RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members to offer a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.
RUNA was recently recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK) and Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist (2013, 2012), and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road). The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best 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 on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing; and Maggie Estes of Louisville on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann bagpipes, flutes, and whistles. Members of RUNA have played with as variety of other world-renowned bands, including Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.
RUNA will also perform for schools on Friday, March 14th at 10 am in Milliken Auditorium. Interested teachers may call Jason Dake at 231.995.1029 for information.
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