Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s most innovative groups, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. 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 three 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: percussion; Caleb Edwards: mandolin and vocals; and Jake James: fiddle, bodhrán, step-dancing.
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.
RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, received lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece.”