with Cathie Ryan
Saturday, Feb. 12; South Broadway Cultural Center (all ages, 7 p.m.): Traditional Irish music continues to gather steam here in the United States. And, in large part, it's due to the near-constant emergence of high quality solo performers and groups. Add Téada (pronounced tay-da) to the latter list. The quintet have released a pair of remarkable albums on Green Linnet since forming in 2001, but they began serious and international touring only recently.
All in their mid-20s, the members of Téada are extraordinarily gifted in the art of fostering the ancient tradition inherent in the music they perform while infusing it with a sense of youthful urgency and playfulness. Their sound is authentic, and also very much alive. If you enjoy spirited playing by those with virtuosic talent and the sounds of the Emerald Isle, Téada will amaze your senses.
Call 848-1320 for more information and tickets. Téada will also perform Thursday, Feb. 17 at New Mexico State University (505-646-1420) and Friday, Feb. 18 at New Mexico Tech's Macey Center in Socorro (505-835-5688).