RUNA At Earlville Opera House: Redefining The Take On Traditional Music
Published: May 4th, 2022

RUNA at Earlville Opera House: Redefining the take on traditional music Celtic-American Roots music “super group," RUNA, will perform on the EOH Main Stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. (Submitted photo)

EARLVILLE — The Earlville Opera House is pleased to present Celtic-American roots music “super group," RUNA on the EOH Main Stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. This is a return of a favorite band as chosen by EOH patrons in our recent “Hall of Fame” survey to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Celebrating 13 years together as a band, RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

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RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, of Philadelphia; Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra; Cheryl Prashker, of Canada, on percussion; Jake James, of New York, on the fiddle; and Caleb Edwards, of Nashville, on mandolin and vocals.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.

In conjunction with the band’s Ten Year Anniversary Tour, RUNA released their sixth album, “TEN: The Errant Night," on March 16, 2019. Receiving international praise on both sides of the Atlantic, “TEN: The Errant Night," has been nominated for Best World/Traditional Song (“An Buachaillín Bán”) in the Independent Music Awards.

“This is RUNA’s most ambitious album yet and it is a stunner!” – Bill Margeson, LiveIreland

Additionally, to critical acclaim, the band released their first seasonal album, “The Tide of Winter," celebrating the winter holidays in December 2020. The band has performed at festivals too numerous to list.

Tickets are $30 and $27 for members (become a member!), $10 for youth aged 17 and under, with college students half off general admission. Tickets are available at or by calling (315) 691-3550.

Thank you to our sponsors: Community Foundation for South Central New York; Live Music Society; NBT Bank; Preferred Mutual Insurance Company; sfcu; and Bruce Ward, Architect. Special thanks to our hospitality sponsor Fred’s Inn of Norwich.

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The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in the charming Village of Earlville, NY and is handicap accessible. Vaccine proof is required at the door, masks worn inside. Please check our website for the latest updates and for further information on our programs and services, and like us on Facebook!

Events are made possible, in part, with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor of New York and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

-Information provided by the Earlville Opera House