Strung are a contemporary Irish music ensemble based in Cork, 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.
In April 2017, Strung performed their album with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra at Cork Opera House. This project, which took place as part of the ‘Right Here Right Now’ festival, involved the arrangement of the entire album by Cormac McCarthy. More recently, Strung performed in Gothenburg Sweden as part of the TIMSIG series of concerts.
“Strung is a group whose star is on the ascent, and will no doubt take their righful place as one of the great contemporary Irish bands in the years ahead” – Éamonn de Barra
“A new approach to the tradition using the rarely heard instrumenta>on of piano, two fiddles and cello. It is a must listen for lovers of the tradi>on as well as forward thinking innovators within music” – Pádraig Rynne
“As the first place winners of the Michigan Irish music initiative, Strung travelled to Michigan and entranced our very discerning audience and were the talk of the festival” – Tom Schaub
“This album aptly showcases the sheer ability and creative spark of the group, combining classical music with traditional music in new and exciting ways” – Seán Óg Graham, Beoga
“…symphonic grace and contemporary brilliance alongside a sound that can only come from a deep knowledge of the Irish tradition”– Martin Tourish, Altan
TV and radio appearances
Hup TG4 Christmas Special
WZZM13, Grand Rapids, MI
The Blue of the night, RTE Lyric FM
Opening title for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2017
Festival/ Concert Appearances
Michigan Irish Music Initiative, Dolans, Limerick
Michigan Irish Music Festival, MI, USA
Rising Stars at Ballymaloe, Cork
Right Here Right Now Festival, Cork Opera House
Strung Debut Album Launch Tour- Cork, Limerick, Dublin
TIMSIG festival, Gothenburg, Sweden
Live on Air Festival, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
In 2016, Strung recorded their self-titled debut album, which was well received both nationally and internationally. Following its release, the album reached a top 10 position in the Irish album charts.