Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Contemporary High-energy Celtic Music.


RUNA burst onto the music scene during the summer of 2008 and has been taking audiences by storm ever since! Drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members, RUNA brings a contemporary and refreshing experience 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, the Shetland Islands, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.

RUNA consists of vocalist, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, and Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles, and Tomoko Omura on the fiddle.

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

Winners of the several awards at the Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including
Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album – “Jealousy”.


Stretched On Your Grave 2011
Soul Cake - Single 2010
Jealousy 2009

Set List

Newry Highwayman
Maid of Culmore
Siobhán Ní Dhuibhir
Star of the County Down
Gypsies, Tramps, & Theives
Stretched on Your Grave
House Carpenter/Jolene

Maire Bhruíneall
Holy Ground
Lowlands of Holland
Bedlam Boys
Drums/Star of Munster
Wind That Shakes the Barley
Cailín Deas Cruite Na mBo