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RUNA Photo by  Kendra Marie Flowers

RUNA
Photo by Kendra Marie Flowers

Lansdowne Folk Club presents Celtic band RUNA on Thursday February 12 at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA. 

Doors open at 7:00 PM and show begins at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance online or with an advanced phone reservation and $20 without an advance reservation. Freshly prepared dinner and desserts will be available for an additional cost.  Cash only accepted. Parking is available on the street and at the SEPTA train station approximately one block away.  For reservations, advance ticket sales or more information visit website www.folkclub.org, email Lfolkclub@gmail.com or call (484) 466-6213.

RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.  Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.

Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada and Philadelphia on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes White of Kentucky on the fiddle.

The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Chessboxer) on fiddle, Matt Mancuso (Cathie Ryan Band) on fiddle, and Isaac Alderson (The Yanks, Comas) on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. RUNA was recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top

Group (US, IRE, EU, UK) and Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist (2013, 2012), and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road).  The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album – “Jealousy”. Jim Allford of PA Music Scene writes, “The band is going to be reckoned with and I really feel they are Grammy bound within time.”

“For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!”Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM.  Find out more about the band at their website http://www.runamusic.com.

Other upcoming concerts include Tracy Grammer on February 26, Marc Berger with special guest Last Chance on March 26, Christian Lopez Band on April 23 and John Flynn and Family on May 14.

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84 South Lansdowne Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19050
484-466-6213

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 The Lansdowne Folk Club, founded in 1993, is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.