Monday, February 1, 2016


The concert tonight was RUNA.  The venue was one of our very favorite- Fogartyville.  Here are some photos of the group from their website- (and this BTW was the order of the group onstage last night) percussion to the left and the guitar on the right...

here is the blurb from the promo the venue sent to advertise the group-

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008.  Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.  The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song

The male singer David Curley had several lovely numbers that I really liked,  Their instrumentals were excellent.  But they lost me when the female singer (center of the top photo) sang because I couldn't understand the words- even when Phil pulled up song lyrics on his phone I still could barely follow along her speedy pace made them a blur. I know that this sounds like the criticism of an old person who can't hear but I have excellent hearing (as did my mother until the day she died) and have no trouble telling Phil minutes ahead of the UPS truck arriving that is almost to our house... so it is not that.  When I had the lyrics in front of me I could see the words and also could see she left out a fair number of the words on the paper in order to reach the inordinate speed at which she sang.

so Phil loved the concert but I probably would pass on them the next time.  I may download the David Curley songs-one was called Black River but I wasn't prescient enough to note the other song when I heard it...

so here are a few less than stellar photos from my phone - and a short video clip -

they played to a packed house - both indoors and outdoors were sold out!

we will also be hearing Mark Erelli on Friday night coming up-

we heard Doug MacLeod last summer at SPACE and he was amazing- so we will be returning for that concert- and Phil says Aztec Two Step (named for a Ferlinghetti poem I hear) is also excellent - so our calendar stays full...

and finally the video clip-

tonight I am off to the ballet- my first Sarasota Ballet performance so I will let you know how it goes- as I said in a prior post I am very picky about ballet - keep your fingers crossed.  And stay tuned...

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