With thanks to Bob Buchan.
Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, RURA will appear at The Lemon Tree on Monday 16th May.
With their second album, Despite the Dark, accompanied by extensive UK and international touring, RURA have well and truly reinforced their reputation as one of Scotland’s most powerful folk-based bands.
Their exquisitely rugged, yet refined, blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, whistle, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has proven a resounding hit across the board.
The five-piece’s fire first ignited in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival, where they have now appeared on a remarkable seven consecutive occasions.
Since then, Steven Blake, Adam Brown, David Foley, Adam Holmes and Jack Smedley’s powerful instrumentals and haunting songcraft has been a highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg, HebCelt and Shetland, amongst countless others.
They are undeniably one of Scotland’s most sought-after, universally appealing acts. One listen – live or recorded – and it’s easy to see why.
“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
“Despite the Dark is a truly remarkable album… Rura are definitely heading in a huge direction.” – Bright Young Folk
“an album of its time for Scotland” – Folk Radio UK
“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
Despite the Dark Tour Dates – May, 2016:
13th May Eden Court, Inverness. 8.00pm / Tickets £12 -£14 / Box Offfice 01463 234 234
14th May Ullapool Village Hall. 7.30pm / £13 /
15th May Incheberry Hall, Fochabers. 7.30pm / £7.52 – £13.85 /
16th May The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. 7.30pm / £14.20 incl bf / 01224 641122
17th May The Mash House, Edinburgh. 8.00pm / £13/
18th May The Atkinson, Southport. £10-£12 + £1 bf / 01704 533 333
19th May Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. 8.00pm / £15 / 01743 281 281
20th May Shepley Spring Festival /
21st May Otley Courthouse, Burley in Wharfedale. 8.00pm / £11-£13 / 01943 467466
22nd May The Convent, Stroud. 8.00pm / £11.25 incl bf / 01453 835 138
23rd May Colchester Arts Centre, 7.45pm / £10-£12 / 01206 500 900
24th May The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7.30pm / £12 in advance–£14 on the door
Tel. 01833 631 107
25th May Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles. 7.30pm / £12-£14—£6 (schoolchildren)
Tel. 01721 725 777
26th, 27th, 28th & 29th May Orkney Folk Festival.
Much more info at www.rura.co.uk
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