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March 23 at 7pm

Event Date(s):

· Sat Mar 23 2019 7:00 PM eastern
Ticket price ranges for the above date:
Section C : $10.00 - $25.00
Section B : $12.00 - $30.00
Section A : $12.00 - $35.00

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been en- chanting 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.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

“Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Caleb Edwards of Nashville on mandolin and vocals, and Jake James of New York on the fiddle.

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

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.

Shannon Lambert-Ryan – Vocals, Bodhrán, Step-Dancing

Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds including Celtic, folk, classical, and musical theatre, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, of Philadelphia, fronts RUNA with rich, vibrant vocals. She studied Music, Theatre, and History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. For several years, Shannon worked as an actor in theatre and film productions, including the Arden Theatre Company’s Sweeney Todd?, Brian Friel’s Translations with the Irish Repertory Theatre of Philadelphia, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. In 2004, her theatrical work took her to Italy, where she performed as Ermia in the world premiere of Il Sogno di una Notte di Mezza Estate? (Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with the International Opera Theatre Company. She spent three years as the lead female vocalist in Boston-based, world music ensemble, the Guy Mendilow Band, before forming, RUNA, with husband and co-founder, Fionán de Barra. Shannon now acts as RUNA’s manager, as well as the band’s lead singer.  Additionally, she has performed as a vocalist (singing in Irish and English) and step-dancer with a number of artists, including Moya Brennan, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Téada, John Flynn, and Joe Jencks.  She was recently honoured by the Irish Music Awards with a nomination for Best Female Vocalist.

Fionán de Barra – Guitar, Bass, Bodhrán, Vocals

Fionán started playing guitar professionally with Riverdance in the USA in 1999.

Since then he has worked as musical director for Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and her band.  He performed, co-wrote, arranged and recorded songs for her albums, Two Horizons (2003, nominated for a Grammy), An Irish Christmas (2005) and Signature (2006, which he also co-produced).  He co-wrote music with her for the film To end all wars (2001). He has performed with Solas, Eileen Ivers, Camille O’Sullivan, Zoe Conway, Catriona McKay, Tommy Fleming, Francis Black, Damien Dempsey, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Galldubh and as musical director for Keith & Kristyn Getty.  He now tours regularly with the internationally renowned Fiddlers Bid and Clannad.

Fionán is also currently working with dancer Colin Dunne on his new show Out of Time as sound designer and live sound processing.

sound designer and live sound processing.

Cheryl Prashker – Percussion, vocals

Cheryl Prashker studied classical percussion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she was born and raised. She has toured Canada, U.S. Europe and Russia. She spent many years in NY City where she honed her skills of playing anything from Rock and Roll, Klezmer, to Celtic as well as Middle Eastern music. She now uses her special style of percussion to enhance the music of such artists as Jonathan Edwards, Pat Wictor, Tracy Grammer, Full Frontal Folk and RUNA. Cheryl is, also, the artistic director of The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival.

Jake James – Fiddle, Bodhrán, Step-dancing

Jake is a two-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, bodhrán player and dancer from Queens, New York. He started playing fiddle at age seven and is a student of Niall Mulligan, from County Antrim. Jake studied bodhrán with Eamon Murray, of Beoga and has won the trophy at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil from 2010 to 2017. Jake has been studying Irish dance with Dublin-born Niall O’Leary since the age of three. Over the years he has performed and taught at different venues and events such as Carnegie Hall, Gracie Mansion, BB King’s, the Irish Arts Center, Symphony Space, and Joanie Madden’s Folk ‘n Irish Cruise. He has toured all over the United States, Canada, Ireland, and, most recently, Japan. Jake released his debut album, Firewood, in early July of 2018.

Caleb Edwards – Mandolin, Vocals

Originally from Metamora, Indiana, Caleb Edwards was introduced to music from the very beginning by his parents. His mother would sing to him and his father would play for him and would often sing together in church. At the age of 10, Edwards started playing percussion and took an interest in music and by age 11 he was playing the guitar. At age 12, He found his musical soul-mate in the mandolin and took to it as a natural. Wearing out records by Ricky Skaggs, Blue Highway, and Ralph Stanley, Edwards started migrating towards the playing of Sam Bush, Chris Thile, and Andy Leftwich after a while. By the age of 16, Edwards was well known throughout the Indiana community as an up and coming acoustic musician with big dreams. At age 18, Edwards left Indiana to Hyden, Kentucky to study under legends such as Curtis Burch (Newgrass Revival), Bobby Osborne, Richard Bennett, and Wyatt Rice. Edwards became fluent in a style that can be described as, ”Totally emotional. He can tell a story by not only the notes he plays, but in the way he plays them. He is very expressive. ” – Curtis Burch Edwards graduated from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in 2014 and found himself as the mandolin player and a lead vocalist for one of the most enjoyable bluegrass bands in Nashville, Fireball Mail. In 2016, they released their debut record, Bending the Railsin which Edwards penned several tracks. In the same year, the band won the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and found themselves sharing the mainstage with acts such as Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, Bela’ Fleck, Brandi Carlile, and Jack Johnson. He went on to study underneath acoustic music greats such as Ross Holmes (Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Cadillac Sky), Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), and Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet, Mr. Sun). Edwards has taught countless seminars on guitar, mandolin, and music as a whole all over the country and in notable places such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, and is the number one guitar instructor at Expression City in Franklin, TN. In 2016, Edwards started his first original project, Metamorphosis, with the band members of progressive bluegrass band, Lateral Blue. The project included 10 original songs of classical dexterity, jazz harmonies, and bluegrass grooves all the while singing about growth, loss, and life. Edwards eventually left Fireball Mail in March of 2018 to see Lateral Blue become one of the fastest growing young acoustic bands on the Nashville scene. “These guys aren’t just musicians. They are on-the-spot composers, making genius happen. Listen to this music” – Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South) Edwards now resides in Nashville with his wife, Anna, whom he also preforms with. Edwards has preformed, recorded, and/or opened for greats such as Bobby Osborne, Roland White, The Steeldrivers, The Seldom Scene, Daily & Vincent, Curtis Burch, Wyatt Rice, The Grascals, Exile, Larry Sparks, Randy Kohrs, Buddy Greene, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Rayland Baxter, Sarah Jarosz, Nora Jones, Willie Watson, and Aaron Tippin at venues such as Merlefest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Carter Family Fold, The Down Home, The World Famous Station Inn, and the Ryman Auditorium.  Edwards is a proud endorser of Northfield

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