Cíana performs tunes and songs from the Irish tradition in the Carson Valley at the feet of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. The group 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. After playing a long line of local performances, Revel Records quickly signed Cíana to its label, where they have released their debut recording in mid-2012.
“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.
From intimate, unplugged acoustic settings to large, fully-amplified festivals, Cíana is comfortable performing the music they love in any setting. The band possesses the complete PA gear able to handle small-to-medium-sized venues; for venues with an existing PA system, a stage plot can be downloaded from http://www.cianamusic.com/contact.
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 traditional Irish music will quickly transport you to another time and place. Be prepared for some serious toe-tapping!