|The music of Ireland disappeared from Northern Nevada with the exodus of Irish miners after the Comstock Lode dried up. Cíana brings these musical traditions back to life in the Carson Valley at the feet of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. Cíana delves into music from the different Celtic Nations, mostly on Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany.|
Tina, Kathy, and Joe met at the Irish music sessions around western Nevada, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, and they were soon getting together to play in local living rooms and coffeehouse back rooms where they realized that their music had much in common.Many local performances later, Cíana caught the attention of Revel Records, who quickly signed them to its label, where they released their debut recording in mid-2012.
After finishing their second album, Loneliest Road, in May 2014, Cíana expanded their tight ensemble sound by welcoming Holly Sternberg as the new fiddle player. Holly’s Sligo-style playing complements Tina’s Donegal-style, and the two of them together weave together lovely, intertwining melodies and variations. After getting Holly dialed into the Cíana ensemble, Tina took a leave of absence from Cíana in late 2014 to pursue outside interests, with plans of eventually returning. Holly and Tina work together to create the driving fiddle tracks on Cíana’s latest album, “Rubicon,” due out March, 2017.
Kathryn Oxoby joined Cíana in January, 2017. She contributes solid rhythm on the bodhrán. Kathryn, Joe, Kathy, and Holly spent many evenings playing with Kathryn at Lark Camp in Mendocino.
“Cíana” is an Irish word roughly meaning both “distance” and “time,” which evokes the ancient expanse that defines western Nevada. The name “Cíana” seemed like a good choice after a particularly long drive across the heart of Nevada’s Great Basin on the windswept stretches of U.S. Highway 50.
With a nod of appreciation to those Irish musicians from whom they learned, Cíana keeps the Irish tradition of lively tunes and soulful songs alive in the high deserts of Nevada. While Cíana is based in Western Nevada’s Carson Valley, the swirling rhythms of the traditional Irish music will quickly transport you to another time and place. Be prepared for some serious foot-stomping!
|Holly Sternberg: fiddle|
When she was four years old, Holly discovered an old fiddle in her grandmother’s closet and knew from then on that she wanted to play it. Holly was first introduced to Irish music through her teacher, Johny McDonald, who ensured that she obtained a well rounded education in both fiddle and classical styles of music, although Irish fiddle music is her true passion. She has since played with a variety of groups, including the String Beings Quartet, the Stone and Straw Bluegrass Band, and the Pub Scouts. She moved to Reno in 2011 to attend UNR and was ecstatic to discover that Reno had its own weekly Celtic session. It was here that she met Joe, Kathy, and Tina and discovered Cíana, of which she is now honored to be a part.
Kathy Bly: guitar & button accordion
Joe Bly: flute, tinwhistle, bombarde & vocals
Kathryn Oxoby: bodhrán
Tina Carlsen: fiddle & vocals (Currently on sabbatical)