Crann Úll

Gaelic Lilt and Lift

Rob Sharer on guitar, fiddle, flute, bodhran and vocals with Margaret Rush on guitar and vocals.

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About Crann Úll

Rob Sharer on guitar, fiddle, flute, bodhran and vocals with Margaret Rush on guitar and vocals. Comprised of a Dublin native now residing in Raleigh and a Raleigh native who once resided in Ireland, Crann Úll plays a spectrum of traditional Irish material. Lush ballads sung in the Irish language are followed by thoughtful instrumentals and slashing dance tunes to make for an exciting and evocative Celtic experience.

Rob Sharer
Rob Sharer

Guitarist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Rob Sharer has long been active on the folk scene in North Carolina and abroad. After years of Triad/Triangle appearances as a member of Greensboro's beloved Boys of Blue Hill, as well as several Contradance bands including the So-Be-It Union, Rob moved to New York to tour with Rounder Records recording artists The Burns Sisters. He then followed his love of Irish music to Ireland, settling in County Clare, where he was a fixture on the session scene for several years. Rob was featured on guitar and string bass accompanying Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy on 2003's "Waifs and Strays," a CD of traditional Clare music which Irish Music Review called, "one of the absolutely essential, unequivocally gorgeous releases of 2003."

In 2007, Rob returned to his native NC to teach and play traditional music. In addition to appearing with Crann Úll, Rob fronts the high-energy acoustic band Craicdown, where he sings and plays guitar, flute, and fiddle on a variety of material from near and far.

Rob Sharer
Margaret Rush

Margaret's simple singing style conveys the power of the song itself to the listener. Musical influences include the Black family, Paul Brady, Clannad, Skara Brae and The Voice Squad as well as Joni Mitchell. With traditional Irish music guitar accompaniment, Margaret aims for a responsive, rhythmic, DADGAD-tuned springboard from which the melody player can take flight and start a musical conversation that she gladly joins.

A native of Dublin, Margaret left in 2000, and has lived in Sweden and Canada, quickly becoming part of the Irish trad scene. In Vancouver, BC, she ran multiple Irish trad sessions for many years, in addition to performing at Princeton Folk Music Festival, Hornby Folk Festival and Jericho Folk Club in local bands such as Ceart, Feile, Grist to the Mill and Rogue Fiddlers. Margaret settled in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2012, where she is currently teaching an early childhood music development program and playing at sessions and contra-dances locally.

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Here is what people are saying about Crann Úll:


Thanks to Crann Úll for bringing something different and exciting to the Festival for the Eno! Your energy and humor were a great asset, and we got some very positive feedback after the show. We'd love to have you back any time!
- Greg Bell, Festival Director


Solid musicianship and a love of the tradition shine through in Crann Úll's music. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rob Sharer and guitarist/singer Margaret Rush deliver the goods whether interpreting a traditional song or tune or a cover of a contemporary song. The old and the new are in good hands with this duo.
- Sonny Thomas, Fiddle and Bow Society

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