FAME Review: RUNA - Current Affairs
RUNA - Current Affairs

Current Affairs



Available from CD Baby.

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied

RUNA is a Celtic Folk group with a strong vocal and instrumental edge. Their latest CD, Current Affairs, has a number of vocal gems with ties to traditional folk music mainly from Ireland and Scotland along with some very lively instrumental sets. So you get both types of music well done and in one package.

The vocals are shared by Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Fionan de Barre and David Curley. They do a marvelous job in painting pictures and creating moods with ballads of yesteryear. The fiddle, banjo and mandolin shine in the instrumental sets: The Hunter Set and Land of Sunshine Set. Songs on the CD range from ballads to spirituals. Two that stand out to me are Black River and Who Will Sing Me Lullabies.

As you can see from the track list, this CD is not a rerun of other music you may have heard recently. There are fresh approaches to some traditional music that has not been time worn as well as new music with a traditional feel.

Track List:

  • The Banks Are Made of Marble
  • The Wife of Usher's Well
  • Henry Lee
  • The Hunter Set
  • Black River
  • Aoidth, Na Dean Cadal Idir / A Chomaraigh Aoibinn Ó
  • The False Knight Upon the Road
  • Ain't No Grave
  • Who Will Sing Me Lullabies
  • The Ruthless Wife
  • Land of Sunshine Set
  • Rarie's Hill / Norah's Kitchen
  • The Last Trip Home

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2014, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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