May 052016

RURA. One of the most exciting folk-based bands to emerge from Scotland in recent years

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.

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