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.
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.
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 on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.
RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, in Germantown, MD. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as "an incredible masterpiece" by Marcene Bronson, of 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 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.