Rugged yet disciplined, heartfelt whilst rousing and anthemic, refreshingly contemporary but rooted in tradition… Rura are a band at the forefront of Scottish folk.
Their powerful sound comes from a line-up of highland pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and vocals, and a combination of traditional and contemporary music that is both original and timeless. The band features three ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ finalists and an All-Ireland Bodhran Champion.
Since bursting on to the scene in 2010 as award winners at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, Rura have firmly established themselves as a major force. The release of their heralded first album, Break It Up, in 2012 was accompanied by multiple award wins and nominations. Their second and hotly-anticipated album is due for release in spring 2015.
The instruments of Steven Blake, Jack Smedley, David Foley and Adam Brown create muscular, yet intricately arranged and lyrical instrumentals to match singer/songwriter Adam Holmes’ haunting songcraft – a perfected mix that has seen them rise to headline status at festivals throughout the UK and Europe.