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Drawing on its diverse musical backgrounds, RUNA brings a contemporary and refreshing experience to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material with highly energetic and graceful acoustic melodies from Ireland, North America, and the UK.
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
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4. Star of the County Down
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5. Reels
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7. Courted a Sailor
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8. Summerfly
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9. Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves
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10. Erin, Grá mo Chroí
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Album Notes
There is a great amount of mystery and unknown when one delves into historic folk music - digging through cultural traditions, weeding through tunes, and deciphering lyrics of songs from ages past. Through our blending of contemporary and traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, we seek to preserve the essence of the traditional material we found, while bringing to it new life and different energy with our own style and approach. Thus, in an attempt to capture all of those elements and introduce ourselves as a band, we chose the name RUNA, meaning mystery or secret lore.

'Jealousy you snake, you'd better come around here no more....My love's a golden angel my champion in this war"... In Claudine Langille's song, Jealousy, we discovered RUNA's sound. It's a quirky love song, told from a slightly different perspective than one would expect - not by the jilted lover, but rather, the victorious one. We were inspired by its imagery, its cheekiness, its unexpected positivity and determination, and its edge. So much so, that we have held it as a bit of a standard for any of our new material. In keeping, Jealousy has become the theme for the title and imagery of RUNA's first album, celebrating the creation of RUNA as a band and the ambitions for which we always hope to strive as artists.

When we began this project our intention was to produce a live album. We planned to record the performances during our tour in New England this past March. This plan was quickly blown out of the water when Fionán and Shannon caught the flu within the first few days. Needless to say, the recording equipment never left the trunk of the car. Despite our need for a change of plans, we still wanted to record an album that would represent the band's sound on stage. So, we went for an "almost live" approach. We would record in a studio, but with similar instrumentation to what we could produce live, on stage. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we have enjoyed creating it together.


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Steve Ramm - "Anything Phonograophic"

Trad Celtic Music and Celtic versions of contemporary song
RUNA is a new band consisting of vocalist Shannon Lambert-Ryan (who has issued her own CDs), Fionan de Barra (a guitarist) and Cheryl Prashker (probably my favorite percussionist). On this CD they are joined by Isaac Alderson (playing Uileann Pipes on the opening track and flute or whistle on a few others) and Cormac de Barra (playing harp on “Summerfly”.

The band’s mission is to play both traditional Celtic music as well a modern U.S> and Canadian songs. This – their debut album – acts as sort of a resume for the band. The first half shows their ability to play traditional songs, including an instrumental medley of (unnamed) reels. The later half features their versions of contemporary ballads by Kate Rusby and Cheryl Wheeler plus a unique version of Cher’s 1960s hit “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”.

If its Celtic music with sweet vocals you are seeking, RUNA will certainly deliver. Their intention was to issue a “live” set as their first release but, as explained in the liner notes, that didn’t happen. They are a bit more restrained on the CD, with Shannon’s vocals out front and the other members backing her. Still this is a band worth checking out.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"