RUNA (5/18/2015)

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm


Hockessin Memorial Hall

1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware
(Click here for map and directions via Google Maps)

Tickets: $25.00 Advance Reserved/$28.00 at Door/Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Cash or check accepted for payment.  Light dinner fare, refreshments and cash bar will be available. E-mail concert ticket reservations to or call 302-456-3242.

RUNA offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic music in their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies. Dublin-born guitarist/vocalist Fionán de Barra grew up speaking Irish Gaelic, immersed in the old traditions. His guitar work, inspired by various open tunings, propels the rhythm of RUNA’s songs. Galway mandolin/banjo player Dave Curley weaves in and out of the accompaniment playing deft, sparkling melodies and bolstering the rhythm with his powerful bodhran (Irish frame drum) playing. Montreal’s Cheryl Prashker’s percussion brings a refined force to the music. Nashville based, but Kentuckian by origin, young fiddle champion Maggie Estes White brings knowledge of bluegrass and Texas fiddle traditions. Philadelphia-born bandleader Shannon Lambert-Ryan is an actor, singer, step-dancer, and band manager; quite the diverse resume! Above all, she is one of the finest world music vocalists: Her voice is clear and vibrant, warm and expressive.

RUNA was recently recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top Group, Top Traditional Group, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning Best Song in the World Traditional Category. Their new album "Current Affairs" draws equal inspiration from both the deep and ancient Celtic roots of the Celtic tradition and the modern reality of the Irish in America and is hailed by The Celtic Crier as "an incredible masterpiece."

For more information, visit the band’s website at