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Contemporary Celtic Music
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
RUNA draws on its members’ diverse musical backgrounds (world music, rock, traditional and contemporary Irish and Celtic music) to offer an exhilarating approach to traditional and recently composed Celtic material. Vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, from Philadelphia, has a broad musical background including Celtic, folk, classical, and musical theatre and fronts RUNA with rich, vibrant vocals. She co-founded RUNA with her husband, Dublin-born guitarist and composer Fionán de Barra who started playing guitar professionally with “Riverdance” and has worked as musical director for Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and her band. He tours regularly with the internationally renowned Fiddlers Bid and Clannad. Percussionist Cheryl Prashker studied classical percussion at McGill University in her native Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Philadelphia and has a well-deserved reputation as a “go-to” percussionist for folk recordings. She spent many years in NY City where she honed her skills playing everything from Rock and Roll and Klezmer, to Celtic and Middle Eastern music. They are joined by Galway’s Dave Curley, a singer, dancer and sensational multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bodhrán) and New York’s Matt Mancuso, lead fiddler for the world tour of Lord of the Dance" as well as in the Cathie Ryan Band, and the Mickey Finns. With highly energetic tunes, graceful acoustic melodies and gorgeous vocals, they fuse music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States and give their arrangements a fresh contemporary sound.
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