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.

With two heralded albums, a third due for release in 2018, and 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, 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.

 

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

“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


Show Past Dates

Previous Dates

27th Sep, '14 - Jura Music Festival
11th Oct, '14 - The Spree, Paisley
23rd Oct, '14 - WOMEX, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
24th Oct, '14 - WOMEX, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
13th Dec, '14 - Scots Trad Music Awards – Inverness
1st Jan, '15 - HebCelt:Land – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
21st Jan, '15 - Celtic Connections – Glasgow
22nd Jan, '15 - Travelling Folk – Live at Celtic Connections (BBC Radio Scotland)
5th Apr, '15 - Eden Court – Inverness
9th Apr, '15 - Ashcroft Arts Centre – Fareham
10th Apr, '15 - Kings Place – London
15th Apr, '15 - The CatStrand – New Galloway
16th Apr, '15 - SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Skye
17th Apr, '15 - An Lanntair – Stornoway
18th Apr, '15 - Tolbooth – Stirling
19th Apr, '15 - Woodend Barn – Banchory
24th Apr, '15 - The Mash House – Edinburgh
25th Apr, '15 - Stereo – Glasgow
30th Apr, '15 - Shetland Folk Festival
1st May, '15 - Shetland Folk Festival
2nd May, '15 - Shetland Folk Festival
3rd May, '15 - Shetland Folk Festival
13th Jun, '15 - Stepping Stones Festival – Cumbria
14th Jun, '15 - Ghanafest – Malta
21st Jun, '15 - HANNOVER – Fête de la Musique
24th Jun, '15 - PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls – St Luke’s Hall, Woodstock, PEI, Canada
25th Jun, '15 - PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls – Corran Ban, PEI, Canada
26th Jun, '15 - PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls – South Rustico, PEI, Canada
28th Jun, '15 - TORONTO – Burdock – ON, Canada
28th Jun, '15 - TORONTO – Pride Toronto – ON, Canada
29th Jun, '15 - SHARBOT LAKE – Sharbot Lake Inn – ON, Canada
1st Jul, '15 - PORT HAWKESBURY – Canada Day – NS, Canada
3rd Jul, '15 - STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL – Canso, NS, Canada
4th Jul, '15 - STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL- Canso, NS, Canada
5th Jul, '15 - STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL – Canso, NS, Canada
8th Jul, '15 - RIVERVIEW – Concerts in the Park – NB, Canada
9th Jul, '15 - WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB, Canada
10th Jul, '15 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – MB, Canada
11th Jul, '15 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – MB, Canada
12th Jul, '15 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – MB, Canada
31st Jul, '15 - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
1st Aug, '15 - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
6th Aug, '15 - STOCKHOLM FOLK FESTIVAL – Sweden
7th Aug, '15 - STOCKHOLM FOLK FESTIVAL – Sweden
8th Aug, '15 - BELLADRUM FESTIVAL – Beauly, Highland
27th Aug, '15 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
28th Aug, '15 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
29th Aug, '15 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
30th Aug, '15 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
11th Sep, '15 - FINZEAN – Finzean Hall
12th Sep, '15 - STROMNESS, ORKNEY – Stromness Town Hall
19th Sep, '15 - GLASGOW – The Hug and Pint
20th Sep, '15 - RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL – Bury, Greater Manchester
23rd Sep, '15 - BURY ST EDMUNDS – The Apex
24th Sep, '15 - LONDON – The Courtyard
25th Sep, '15 - DIDCOT – Cornerstone
26th Sep, '15 - NEW MILTON – Forest Arts Centre
29th Sep, '15 - PLOCKTON – Plockton High School
30th Sep, '15 - PORTREE – Aros
1st Oct, '15 - AVIEMORE – Old Bridge Inn
2nd Oct, '15 - FINDHORN – Universal Hall
3rd Oct, '15 - FEIS NA MARA – Mallaig
2nd Nov, '15 - PERTHSHIRE AMBER – Aberfeldy Town Hall
31st Dec, '15 - EDINBURGH – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (Street Party)
29th Jan, '16 - CELTIC CONNECTIONS – The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
4th Mar, '16 - CWLWM CELTAIDD – Porthcawl, Wales
15th Apr, '16 - EAST COAST MUSIC WEEK – Sydney, Cape Breton, NS, Canada
16th Apr, '16 - EAST COAST MUSIC WEEK – Sydney, Cape Breton, NS, Canada
29th Apr, '16 - SKYE LIVE – Portree, Isle of Skye
13th May, '16 - INVERNESS – Eden Court
14th May, '16 - ULLAPOOL – Ullapool Village Hall
15th May, '16 - FOCHABERS – Inchberry Hall
16th May, '16 - ABERDEEN – The Lemon Tree
17th May, '16 - EDINBURGH – The Mash House
18th May, '16 - SOUTHPORT – The Atkinson
19th May, '16 - SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn
20th May, '16 - SHEPLEY SPRING FESTIVAL – West Yorkshire
21st May, '16 - OTLEY – Otley Courthouse
22nd May, '16 - STROUD – The Convent
23rd May, '16 - COLCHESTER – Colchester Arts Centre
24th May, '16 - BARNARD CASTLE – The Witham
25th May, '16 - PEEBLES – Eastgate Arts Centre
26th May, '16 - ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL
27th May, '16 - ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL
28th May, '16 - ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL
29th May, '16 - ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL
11th Jun, '16 - TMSA KEITH FESTIVAL – Moray
8th Jul, '16 - FOLK AT THE HALL – Trelawnyd, Wales
9th Jul, '16 - MOONBEAMS FESTIVAL – Driffield, East Yorkshire, UK
10th Jul, '16 - ELY FOLK FESTIVAL – Ely, Cambridgeshire
15th Jul, '16 - HEBCELT FESTIVAL – Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
16th Jul, '16 - HEBCELT FESTIVAL – Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
30th Jul, '16 - SPEYFEST – Fochabers, Moray
12th Aug, '16 - PIPING LIVE! – Drygate, Glasgow
13th Aug, '16 - EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
20th Aug, '16 - FOLKEAST – Suffolk
25th Aug, '16 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
26th Aug, '16 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
27th Aug, '16 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
28th Aug, '16 - TØNDER FESTIVAL – Denmark
10th Sep, '16 - SCHOTS WEEKEND – Bilzen, Belgium
19th Sep, '16 - NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre
20th Sep, '16 - LONDON – Kings Place
21st Sep, '16 - CAMBRIDGE – Junction
22nd Sep, '16 - WORCESTER – Huntingdon Hall
23rd Sep, '16 - LIVERPOOL – Liverpool Philharmonic
24th Sep, '16 - HEPWORTH, Yorkshire – Hepworth Live
25th Sep, '16 - KENDAL – Brewery Arts Centre
26th Sep, '16 - ELGIN – The Drouthy Cobbler
27th Sep, '16 - TOBERMORY, Isle of Mull – An Tobar
28th Sep, '16 - ROGART – Sutherland Sessions
29th Sep, '16 - DRUMNADROCHIT – Glen Urquhart Public Hall
30th Sep, '16 - GREENOCK – Beacon Arts Centre
1st Oct, '16 - STIRLING – Tolbooth
31st Dec, '16 - BBC 1 – WORLDWIDE – Hogmanay Live
18th Feb, '17 - ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – De Doelen
6th May, '17 - EDINBURGH – TradFest – Summerhall
26th May, '17 - KNOCKENGORROCH WORLD CEILIDH
27th May, '17 - HEXHAM – Queen’s Hall Arts Centre
17th Jun, '17 - KILLIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
6th Jul, '17 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – Winnipeg, MA, CANADA
7th Jul, '17 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – Winnipeg, MA, CANADA
8th Jul, '17 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – Winnipeg, MA, CANADA
9th Jul, '17 - WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL – Winnipeg, MA, CANADA
14th Jul, '17 - HARRISON FESTIVAL – Harrison Hot Springs, BC, CANADA
15th Jul, '17 - VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
16th Jul, '17 - VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL – Vancouver, BC, CANADA
29th Jul, '17 - PONTE DE BARCA, Portugal – Festival Folk Celta
5th Aug, '17 - SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK