“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else!” – Travis Rogers, Jr., 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 formats since their 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, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
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 strive 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 consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle and mandolin, and Zach White of Missouri on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar.
“Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene
The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.
RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” (Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier).
The band has performed at numerous festivals, including….
Milwaukee Irish Festival
Michigan Irish Festival
Kansas City Irish Festival
Bethlehem Celtic Festival
Great American Irish Festival
Music City Irish Festival
Gaelic Park Irish Festival
Peoria Irish Festival
Durango Celtic Festival
An Rí Rá Montana Irish Festival
Chicago Irish American Heritage Festival
Cleveland Irish Festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival
California World Fest
Marisposa Folk Festival
Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
– “Genuine and with endless innovation…” – John O’Brien, Jr., Ohio Irish American News