Celtic music in Earlville Saturday

NEW WORLD CELTIC — Runa from the Philadelphia area includes, from left, Tomoko Omura, Fionan de Barra, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Cheryl Prashker, Dave Curley. The group plays Saturday night in the The Earlville Opera House. The program begins at 8 p.m. (Photo submitted)

IN EARLVILLE — The duo of Claire Mann on flute, whistle, and fiddle, and Aaron Jones with lead vocals, bouzouki, and guitar presents Celtic music from the Old World Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Earlville Opera House. (Photo submitted)

EARLVILLE — Two "first-rate ensembles of Celtic music from the Old World and the New" perform Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. in the Earlville Opera House, 18 East Main St.

From the Old World (Ireland-Scotland) comes two world-class musicians pairing up to form the new duo of Claire Mann on flute, whistle, and fiddle, and Aaron Jones with lead vocals, bouzouki, and guitar.

Runa, based here in the New World (Philadelphia), claims musicians from around the globe and this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound

Tickets are $20, $18 for EOH members, and $15 for students by calling 691-3550 or at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.

Claire Mann is the Tabache flutist and fiddler gone solo. She is an all-Ireland winner on whistle and a finalist on fiddle. Aaron Jones, originally from the North of Ireland, is an innovative multi-instrumentalist on bouzouki, guitar and bass, as well as a fine singer. He won Best Instrumentalist of the Year award at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2005. He is best known as retired member of the Northern Irish band Craobh Rua and he is the lead vocalist for the award-winning Scottish band Old Blind Dogs.

Runa has a repertoire of both "highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music" from the members of their international group. Runa consists of vocalist, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, and Tomoko Omura of Japan on the fiddle.

The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album ­ "Jealousy".

Jim Allford of PA Music Scene writes, "The band is going to be reckoned with and I really feel they are Grammy bound within time."

The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, and on this tour will have Galway’s Dave Curley who is renowned as a sensational multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bodhran (among other instruments), as well as a singer, and dancer with his velvet vocals and quick feet. He is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist of "SLIDE Ireland."

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