With their second album, 2015’s 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.
Talented singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is the latest addition to the line-up, fusing his own sound with the strong folk influence of Rura as the band moves from strength to strength.
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.
Catch the band when they play An Lanntair on Friday, May 12, at 8pm.