URBANA — The Nuala Kennedy Band, nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year in 2013, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave.
Kennedy describes the band's music as upbeat Celtic. Her singing and flute playing springs from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland.
She grew up in Dundalk, County Louth, an area that has historical links with Scotland and where she was a member of the ceilidh band Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla. She also studied classical piano at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin.
In Edinburgh, Kennedy honed her instrumental skills and built up a repertoire of Scottish as well as Irish tunes. In 2007, she moved to Inverness in the Highlands for a year of intensive study of Scots Gaelic music.
The concert is a presentation of the Piper's Hut Concerts series and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. Proceeds will go to the Folk & Roots Festival.