Traditional Irish Music
Runa are back with a brand new album called Current Affairs. We have listened to an early copy and hope to bring you a track from it after its official release on June 20th. They will have a launch gig and party at the Sellersville Theatre, PA on 20th June to mark its launch. 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 on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle.
The album was recorded in Cape May, NJ and features three Grammy award-winning guest artists: Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Jeff Taylor (Paul Simon, Elvis Costello), and Buddy Greene (Kentucky Thunder)! In addition to Irish and Scottish songs and tunes, the album has some bluegrass influences, as well. According to the press release “The band has already had an exciting year, including winning two awards in the Irish Music Awards (Top Group and Top Traditional Group) and an Independent Music Award, winning both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road).”
There is a strong percussive vibe to the opening tracks which include a Les Rice song called The Banks are Made of Marble which was also recorded by Pete Seeger some time back. Also included are traditional tracks like The Wife of Usher’s Well and The False Knight of the Road as well as a quirky love song called Rarie’s Hill. They treat the varied material with a delicate Celtic hand and bring their own energy when required. In all there are 13 tracks 11 of which are vocals. Its a strong 4th album and we hope to get to a review shortly.
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