Rura are at the forefront of Scottish folk. Rugged yet disciplined, heartfelt whilst rousing and anthemic, and refreshingly contemporary but rooted in tradition.
Internationally renowned for their powerhouse mix of Highland pipes, fiddle, bodhran, guitar, whistle, flute, and vocals, Rura are one of the most exciting bands of their generation. 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 main stage and headline status at festivals throughout the UK , Europe and further afield, including, in 2015 alone, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Tønder Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Belladrum, and Shetland Folk Festival, to name just a few.
Since bursting on to the scene at the turn of the decade, as award winners at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, the five-piece have firmly established themselves as a major force. The release of their first album, Break It Up, in 2012 was accompanied by multiple award wins and nominations, whilst their 2015 follow-up, Despite the Dark, has met widespread critical acclaim – including a five star review and “Top of the World” listing in Songlines.
“One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” - Songlines
“Genuinely stirring stuff… there’s something very exciting about RURA” - Fatea Magazine
“Barnstorming instrumentals and songs of exceptional quality. The Scottish music scene has never been stronger and these guys are right out in front!” - BBC Radio Scotland