Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (map)
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless. Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia
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 amp; Kristyn Getty, Barcó, and the Guy Mendilow Band.
RUNA consists of vocalist, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, and Tomoko Omura of Japan on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Dave Curley (Slide) on Mandolin & vocals and with Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles.
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.”
RUNA recently released their second album, Stretched On Your Grave, in March 2011. Hailed by Irish Philadelphia as “an inspired album from a group that has found its voice, and its place, in the world of Irish music,” journalist Lori Lander Murphy describes it as, “a joyful gem that deserves its own place in the annals of Celtic music.”
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
Justin D. Clements, aka Your Friendly Neighborhood Rockstar, is a Boston native who has grown up in Virginia Beach. He has been harnessing his musical skills since he was in kindergarten. An avid guitarist and pianist, Justin earned his BA in vocal performance from Bridgewater College in 2004. Since graduation, Justin has become a regular at numerous local coffee shops and a favorite at open mic nights. He has also opened for several national acts at the NorVA, a prominent venue in Norfolk, VA. As a singer/songwriter, Justin’s music comes from the heart, not from a particular genre. However, if forced to label himself, “folk rock with flair” would be the best description, taking his love for storytelling and fusing it with acoustic rock. Justin loves to take people along on his musical journey. Will you join him?