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RUNA – contemporary Celtic music

RUNA are an American band that combine the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland with the styles of blues and jazz.

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They’ve performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.



Their 2012 song , Amhrán Mhuighinse,(Somewhere along the Road) was nominated for Best Song in the World/Traditional Music Category at the Independent Music Awards.

Best Folk Band, Best Album, Best Female Vocalist

RUNA also won several awards in the Montgomery-Bucks Music Awards in 2009 and 2010, including Best Folk Band, Best Album – Jealousy – and Best Female Vocalist.

The band are made up of five members coming from Ireland, America and Canada. They say their influences include Mary Black, The Chieftains, U2 and Norah Jones.

‘Taking a song and try to make it our own’

When discussing how they the band developed their sound, they say: “We try to use the different musical backgrounds and nationalities of our band members to our advantage by incorporating their expertise and styles into our music. We feel that those styles help to colour and shape our music and to produce RUNA’s signature sound.”

“We love the challenge of taking a song that has been sung for hundreds of years and trying to make it our own by altering the arrangement or adding new rhythms to it – to make it fresh, while keeping it universal and retaining the essence of the song.”

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