Rura

“One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines)

RURA were named Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, and nominated Folk Band of the Year in 2016.??Since the release of their second album, 2015’s Despite the Dark, accompanied by extensive international touring, RURA have affirmed their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful contemporary folk-based bands. Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

The group’s fire first ignited in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival, where they have since appeared on a remarkable seven consecutive occasions – most recently at a sold-out headline show in the city’s legendary Old Fruitmarket venue. Since then, Steven Blake, Adam Brown, David Foley and Jack Smedley’s powerful, entrancing, yet never overbearing, instrumentals have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg and HebCelt, amongst countless others across 20+ countries.

One listen, and it is easy to see why they have become one of Scotland’s most sought after acts.

“one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” Songlines (5 stars)

?“genuinely stirring stuff… there’s something very exciting about RURA” Fatea Magazine?

“Barnstorming instrumentals and songs of exceptional quality. The Scottish music scene has never been stronger and these guys are right out in front!” BBC Radio Scotland?

“accomplished musicianship, expressive vocals, flawless composition…supremely impressive” FolkWords

?“a brilliant fusion of the old and the new” The Herald?“an album of its time for Scotland” [Despite the Dark] Folk Radio UK?

“Despite the Dark is a truly remarkable album… Rura are definitely heading in a huge direction.” Bright Young Folk

“one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” Songlines (5 stars)
“accomplished musicianship, expressive vocals, flawless composition…supremely impressive” FolkWords

“genuinely stirring stuff… there’s something very exciting about RURA” Fatea Magazine

“a brilliant fusion of the old and the new” The Herald

“an album of its time for Scotland” [Despite the Dark] Folk Radio UK

“Despite the Dark is a truly remarkable album… Rura are definitely heading in a huge direction.” Bright Young Folk

“Rura are just what every festival needs. Barnstorming instrumentals and songs of exceptional quality. The Scottish music scene has never been stronger and these guys are right out in front!”
Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk

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