DENVER | Sometimes tradition can stem from unlikely places.
Each of the members of Avourneen boast their own unique ties to Ireland. The Denver-based trio that specializes in traditional Irish music is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native and violinist CL Morden, an import from California.
Decidedly American roots haven’t dimmed the group’s love for Celtic tradition. The two members of Avourneen boast long résumés playing Irish, Scottish and Breton music. Before forming in 2014, Adam and CL boasted long résumés playing age-old tunes from Ireland professionally. Adam (who claims the of moniker “Denver’s Favorite Irish Jew”) has long been a fixture at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret and other local venues, where he plays Irish folk songs for the club’s popular burlesque and variety shows. CL, a classically trained violinist who earned her 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.
It was the music of Ireland that brought the two together.
In fact, Adam and CL met in another Irish band and discovered a shared love for treasured folk songs of Irish tradition. It didn’t take long for the duo to decide to strike out on their own. Aeryk joined the effort soon after. The trio has already made quick progress. Avourneen quickly secured a spot as the house band at the now shuttered Katie Mullen’s, which was the largest Irish pub and restaurant in downtown Denver. They’ve also become a regular feature at The Abbey Tavern, one of the newest Irish pubs in Denver. During St. Patrick’s Day weekend within three months of their official launch, Avourneen shared the stage with Pinch of Snuff, a quintet straight out of County Leitrim. The band’s version of the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale of New York” even earned a shout-out from the Pogues themselves on Facebook. Most recently, Adam and CL embarked on a trip to Ireland to study the music at its source (check out pictures from the journey on the blog!) The band’s 2016 schedule includes spots at the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival, the Cheyenne Celtic Festival and more.
The duo also plays regular gigs at coffee shops, weddings, professional theaters, 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. That record earned praise from local media, and it’s available on this website, along with Adam’s solo record.
Of course, the duo’s musical interests aren’t limited to one genre. In addition to their catalogue of more than five hours of Irish songs, the band plays traditional American, Scottish and other folk/world music thrown in for good measure. The band has also compiled a growing catalogue of original tunes, a list that includes songs like “Banks of the Liffey,” “Sparrow” and “Eamonn,” with more on the way.