Strung are a contemporary Irish music ensemble comprising Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano). While undergoing classical training at Cork School of Music, they maintained a participating interest in Irish traditional music. Their dynamic ensemble and unique backgrounds allow them to subtly integrate complex harmonies and innovative motifs, while staying true to the deep-rooted authenticity of traditional Irish melodies. Strung’s sound radiates with originality, yet has an understated energy that instantly captivates.
“A new approach to the tradition using the rarely heard instrumentation of piano, two fiddles and cello. It is a must listen for lovers of the tradition as well as forward thinking innovators within music” – Pádraig Rynne
“…symphonic grace and contemporary brilliance alongside a sound that can only come from a deep knowledge of the Irish tradition” – Martin Tourish
In March 2016, Strung were winners of the Michigan Irish Music Initiative, a national competition for up and coming traditional Irish groups. In September 2016, they performed at the Michigan Irish Music Festival.
“Congratulations to Strung on their grand prize victory at the 2016 Michigan Irish Music Initiative. Your fine ensemble brings a truly unique, innovative and entirely musical energy to the trad Irish music scene. Your award was unanimous and enthusiastically given” – Tom Schaub (Michigan Irish Music Festival)
In April 2017, Strung performed their album with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra as part of the Right Here Right Now festival. This project involved orchestral arrangements by Cormac McCarthy.
In June 2018, Strung performed for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the Duchess of Cornwall at Cork City Hall, during their official welcome to the city of Cork.