Ireland’s busiest reggae band, The Light Runners from Cork City, are all set for a return visit to The Venue in Clonakilty on ‘Paddy’s Eve’ (March 16) to kickstart their spring/summer season and to introduce their new recruits.
The Light Runners are very excited to introduce their new backing singer Christiana Underwood, daughter of the famous jazz/blues singer Karen. Christiana is already well-known in these parts as one of the singers in that popular covers band ‘She Said’, the all-girl fronted powerhouse funk and vocal group, that lit-up the end of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival and Street Feast last June, once the tables had been cleared. Born in Chicago and raised in Cork, Christiana Underwood is a contemporary soul and recording artist. In her final year of a Music Degree at CIT Cork School of Music and Vocal Coach in The ACA of Performing Arts, Christiana is just getting started.
In the past, Underwood has collaborated with several Irish Hip-hop artists such as Gary McCarthy (GMC, Kalabanx) and Stevie G (Redfm, SoulJamz Records) and producer Ian Ring (Young Wonder, aboveDat). Currently she is front-woman of the Christiana Underwood Band and part of Karen Underwood’s Gospel Trio.
The Light Runner’s Afro-Irish line-up, representing musicians from a number of nationalities from the African continent, is now boosted by the inclusion of Tonderai Tembo from Zimbabwe performing on organ and piano keyboard. Playing alongside musicians from DR Congo and lead singer Lazare Mbouwoua from Central African Republic, Tonderai was principle musician and journeyman with a number of African Gospel Choirs in Zimbabwe and now around Ireland.
Apart from their ever-growing list of self-written reggae and funk tunes soon to be released on a new album, The Light Runners also like to re-live those popular reggae hits we all know and love, hits by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube, Max Romeo, Mighty Diamonds…the band frequently out-sung by the chorus from the audience.
The Light Runners have many live videos filmed all over Ireland in the last few years, look for them on YouTube or facebook.
March 16, Doors 8.30 pm. Tickets €10 from uTicket.ie, O’Donovan’s Hotel Reception or on the door and valid for the disco after, which starts at midnight til 2am.