Kiana June Weber
There are aspects of Weber's music that will grow stronger over time, but she's already a formidable talent, and she has charisma to burn. She knows how to handle a crowd that may be expecting various things from a show, and she realizes that fast Celtic tunes really need to be taken a little bit faster than the fiddler can play them. At the Ark, she put together an intelligent program that built logically to a blistering "Old Joe Clark" and a broadly epic "Jerusalem Ridge." She has a virtuoso's command and an open ear.