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Sometimes tradition can stem from unlikely places.

Avourneen (pronounced a-VORE-neen), a Denver-based trio that specializes in Irish folk, has established itself as one of Colorado’s most successful and innovative Celtic acts. The band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native; violinist CL Morden, an import from California; and Kenny Martinez, a longtime Colorado resident and talented bassist. Together, they play a brand of Celtic music that’s both timeless and innovative, a take on the genre the Celtic Connection calls “unique in Colorado – and perhaps in the country.”

The three members of Avourneen boast long résumés playing Irish, Scottish and Breton music. Before forming in 2014, Adam and CL were playing age-old tunes from Ireland professionally, while Kenny had built a vast repertoire of pop, jazz and folk music playing in a diverse set of bands. Goldstein (who claims the of moniker “Denver’s Favorite Irish Jew”) has long been a fixture at Denver’s Clocktower Cabaret and other local venues, where he plays Irish folk songs for the club’s popular burlesque and variety shows. Morden, a classically trained violinist who earned a bachelor’s from the prestigious Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, has experience as a member of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestral ensembles. Martinez, meanwhile, is a veteran of area rock, pop and jazz bands.

It was the music of Ireland that brought the three together, and they’ve made impressive strides in their time together.

Since forming in 2014, the band has played high-profile festivals across the West, including the Colorado Irish Festival, the Cheyenne Celtic Festival, the Elizabeth Celtic Festival and the Celtic Harvest Festival. Recently, Avourneen appeared alongside internationally renowned Irish and Scottish bands at the Ceili at the Roundhouse Festival held in Evanston, Wyoming in March, 2019. The band has also appeared on Celtic radio programs across the state, including appearances on KRFC, KRCC and Radio 1340. What’s more, they’ve become one of Colorado’s go-to live bands for contra dances, a traditional dance form that draws participants of all ages.

The trio plays regular gigs at weddings, professional theaters (they’ve become a featured band at Denver’s Swallow Hill music), contra folk dances and private events. In 2014, the band released its first independent album, a full-length record titled Beloved. That title comes from the Irish root of the duo’s official name. Avourneen literally means “dear one” or “beloved” in Irish.

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Quinlan Cafe
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210