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‘One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene’ (Songlines) RURA are a multi award-winning act, and one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk-based bands.
With two heralded albums, a third due for release in June 2018, and extensive international touring, RURA have affirmed their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful groups. Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice 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, Jack Smedley, Steven Blake, David Foley and Adam Brown’s powerful, entrancing 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.
‘accomplished musicianship…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