Rune is the convergence of three well-established Irish musicians who seek novel ways of presenting music. Their unique blend of musical styles combined with literature and visual imagery has proven to be highly popular. In 2007 Rune was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Ireland under the Deis Award Scheme.

Rune has a number of performance options that can be tailored to suit any situation. For more information or to enquire about bookings, kindly contact Elizabeth Petcu or call Deborah Armstrong on +353 85 155 1442.

The meaning of Rune

The word Rune captures a sense of both the Irish and English languages. The same sound in Irish (Rún) means 'secret', 'mystery' or 'beloved person'. The title Rune was chosen for this group of musicians because it evokes a sense of freedom to present innovative and ancient ideas, and to blend different yet complimentary musical styles. Elizabeth Petcu often introduces the group with these words: "We are Rune — our wish is to amaze, mystify and delight you in an unexpected way!"

Images of Rune

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The Musicians

Two flutes on pianoElizabeth Petcu studied flute with Professor Doris Keogh in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is an honours music graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has an M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. Following a long career as Principal Flute with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, she is now exploring new contexts for her flute playing and has just completed the recording of her first solo flute album, Just Me.

Deborah Armstrong read music at Trinity College Dublin and holds a Doctoral Degree in piano performance from McGill University in Montreal. She has performed a wide range of repertoire on four continents and has received notable awards. Deborah has a busy and varied career which includes teaching, coaching and collaborative work. Presently based in Ireland, she lectures at the Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Martin Doyle is a musician and flute maker whose wooden flutes are renowned for their ease of playing and quality of tone. He is also a teacher, performer and amatuer photographer and his unique slide shows are sometimes viewed during Rune concerts with Martin accompanying on flute.