Press Release for Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Irish-American Singer/Songwriter Performs at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Come enjoy an evening of rousing jigs and soulful love songs when the Cathie Ryan Band brings its magic to the University of North Florida. Cathie Ryan, an Irish-American singer and songwriter, will perform with her band at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Lazzara Performance Hall.

In her UNF concert, Ryan will be performing with the band, which includes Greg Anderson, a mainstay of the New York Irish music scene, on guitar, bouzouki and back-up vocals, along with the versatile Sara Milonovich, playing fiddle, flute, whistles, mandolin and back-up vocals.

Ryan was recently named one of the top 100 Irish-Americans by Irish-America magazine, and Chicago’s Irish American News honored her as the Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade. The subject matter of Ryan’s songs captures both the Irish and the Irish-American experience: traditional recordings pay respect to the 1847 famine and the bold Grace O’Malley, Irish pirate queen, while contemporary pieces combine Celtic melodies and American roots music in haunting songs about modern politics and private loves.

Her latest CD, “The Farthest Wave,” is receiving rave reviews. Ryan calls it “a recording about wanting to belong, somehow losing that sense of security and love; and what to do once that happens.” Her other CDs include, “Music for What Happens,” “Somewhere Along the Road,” and “Cathie Ryan.”

This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richard Bizot at (904) 620-1272 or by e-mail at