Clanna Morna at the Irish Times

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Biography

Hailing from the occupied territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ nations (Victoria, BC in Canada), Clanna Morna brings their take on the Celtic Traditional genre to the west coast. Their sound is rooted in the traditional Irish, Scottish and English music that many love, and features carefully crafted arrangements, rhythmic spirited energy and captivating storytelling. Comprised of an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, their collective musicianship and attention to detail create a truly unique audience experience.

Members of Clanna Morna have been arranging and performing traditional Celtic and original music for over a decade in other projects, sharing their melodic arrangements and stories both locally and internationally. Since their formation in the fall of 2020 Clanna Morna has toured Coastal British Columbia constantly, as well as touring interior British Columbia & Alberta, delivering over 100 performances in just over a year together as an ensemble. Notable performances include the 2022 Vancouver Celtic Festival, the 2022 BC Highland Games, the 2021 & 2022 Victoria Highland Games, 2022 Craigflower Music Festival,  Oceanside Folk/Roots club in Qualicum Beach (2021 and 2022 seasons), the Gorge Harbour Marina on Cortes Island 2021 and 2022, Read Island/Lamberts Beach Music Weekend 2022 and the Earth Club Factory on Denman Island.

The band is comprised of Cody Baresich (guitar, mandolins, Irish bouzouki, tin whistle, percussion, vocals), Finn Letourneau (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Mark Leigh (accordion, tin whistles, vocals). With the combination of traditional instruments featuring strong melodic leads, rhythmic guitar accompaniment and foot percussion, the band covers a wide swath of musical ground. From high-energy instrumentals to slow ballads, drinking songs to sea shanties, Clanna Morna brings a unique west coast influence to Celtic & English folk. The band pays tribute to and takes inspiration from legendary predecessors including The Dubliners, The Pogues, the Bothy Band, Planxty, The Clancy Brothers, and The Wolfe Tones.

Ensemble Members

Cody Baresich
Cody Baresich – Vocals, Guitar, Mandolins, Foot Percussion, Tin Whistle
Mark
Mark Leigh – Accordion, Tin Whistles, Vocals
Finn Letourneau
Finn Letourneau – Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clanna Morna 2021

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Clanna Morna 2021

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Clanna Morna 2021

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Past Highlights

2022 Vancouver Celtic Festival, BC

2022 Tourism Ireland Presentations Vancouver & Victoria

2022 Craigflower Music Festival

2021 Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival, BC

2021 & 2022 seasons, Oceanside Folk/Roots Club, Qualicum Beach, BC

For a complete listing of all past performances, please see: Past Shows

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Reviews

Clanna Morna at CelticFest!

Rated 5 out of 5
May 19, 2022

CelticFest Vancouver were delighted to have Clanna Morna at this years festival and they certainly delivered! Their set was lively and fun and the audience enjoyed every minute! A very talented group of musicians who I would be delighted to work with again.

Rachel Quinn

Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

Rated 5 out of 5
May 14, 2022

As technically proficient as they present on video, it only hints at the energy this culturally diffuse band generates during a live show. When disciplined musicianship is infused with the joy of performing the experience is palpable magic. Clanna Morna live takes you on a roller coaster of sonic emotion: from wistful ballads to traditional reels to pulse-pounding shanties and fight songs. You needn’t be a disciple of Celtic music to  become immersed in the experience – big fun for all ages!

John Carswell - empourium.ca

Oceanside Folk / Roots Club

Rated 5 out of 5
May 7, 2022

Clanna Morna….what can I honestly say that captures the enjoyment felt by our audience…? Joyful….? Rollocking…? Sure, they are that and much more. They are a brilliant bunch of young musicians who take their mission of carrying forward the beloved sounds of The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, and Planxty very seriously…..One of the most enjoyable bands we’ve had and one that has a standing invitation to return. We love ’em!

Mick Sherlock - Oceanside Roots / Folk Club

Fantastic celtic folk music performance

Rated 5 out of 5
September 29, 2021

From start to finish, Clanna Morna has been a delight to work with. Our Irish wedding was held June of this year and I contacted them after I found them on the Irish times website. Communication was excellent prior to the event, price was very reasonable and they showed up on time with all equipment required. Their instruments and presentation was very professional and they were all very personable and friendly. I was looking for and Irish music performance for our wedding and I got so much more! This band provided exceptional traditional folk music as well as brief history on the songs about to be played during the performance which really added a unique element to the concert and kept it interesting for the audience. I very much appreciated the brief history lessons a lot – very interesting. This band is spectacular – they play a combination of ballads and upbeat tunes to delight their listeners. They have a variety of traditional instruments and their vocals are very good. If you are looking for a professional Celtic folk music band in the Victoria BC area, look no further than Clanna Morna. You will not be disappointed.

Desiree L. B.
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Contact Information

Clanna Morna
Tel: 1 (778) 557-6207
Email: info@clannamorna.ca
www.clannamorna.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClannaMorna
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/clannamorna
Instagram: instagram.com/clannamorna