Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series ends with Celtic-roots band named Runa

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Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series ends with Celtic-roots band named Runa

February 29, 2016

RunaRuna will take center-stage as the last performance for the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium.

Ending the annual Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series (NWOCS) will be the renowned band Runa with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, March 8, in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Herod Hall Auditorium.

Runa combines the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland with modern music such as folk and jazz to achieve the contemporary tunes. The band members are based in Philadelphia, Nashville and Chicago, but they diversely came from Ireland, United States and Canada.

Members include Shannon Lambert-Ryan with vocals, bodhrán, step-dancing; Fionán de Barra with guitar, vocals, bodhrán; Cheryl Prashker on percussion; Maggie Estes on fiddle; Dave Curley with mandolin, banjo, vocals, step-dancing.

Runa’s influences includeMary Black,The Chieftains,U2Solas, Karen Casey, Loreena McKennitt, Wolfstone, Nickel Creek, Sarah McLaughlin, Enya, Moya Brennan, U2, Kate Rusby, Dervish, Gerry O'Beirne, Clannad, Natalie MacMaster and Amos Lee.

Tickets to individual performances are sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students with ID.

The reserved seating section at each concert for season ticket holders will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Contact Kimberly Weast, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8462 or, to purchase tickets, or pick them up at Holder Drug, the NWOSU Bookstore, Graceful Arts Center or Rialto.
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The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Alva Tourism and Convention Development Committee, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.