Carson City Brewery Arts Center hosting performance by Ciana Saturday

Traditional tunes from the Emerald Isle will fill the Brewery Arts Center when it celebrates the first anniversary of its Celtic music series on Saturday.

Ciana is keeping the Irish tradition of lively tunes and soulful songs alive in the high deserts of Nevada.

The band borrows its name from the Irish word “Cíana,” which is roughly translated as “distance” and “time.” Its members say the word evokes the ancient expanse that defines western Nevada. They chose it after a drive on Highway 50 across the heart of Nevada’s Great Basin.

The group met at Irish music sessions around western Nevada, and were soon getting together to play in living rooms and coffeehouses. It signed with Revel Records and released its debut recording in 2012. Its second album, Loneliest Road, was released in May 2014. Its members — Holly Sternberg, Joe Bly, Kathy Bly, Tina Carlsen — play fiddles, mandolin, guitars from the Irish and Celtic tradition.

Based in the Carson Valley, Cíana’s performances combine instrumentals and musical tales of life, death, and love.

The performance, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the MHJ Black Box Theater, will open the Brewery Arts Center’s next Celtic Music Series.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $10 for students and BAC members and $12 for seniors.

For tickets, go to, or visit the BAC’s Artisan Store at 449 W. King Street.

For more information, call 775-883-1976.


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