“One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines), RURA, whilst rooted in tradition, are a refreshingly contemporary act. Rugged yet disciplined, heartfelt whilst rousing and anthemic, and all-together punch-packing.
Internationally renowned – and in demand – for their powerhouse mix of highland pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and voice, RURA are one of the most sought-after bands of their generation. Steven Blake, Jack Smedley, David Foley and Adam Brown create hard-hitting, 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.
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, and now the five-piece’s 2015 follow-up, Despite the Dark, is meeting unrelentingly high praise.
“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
“accomplished musicianship, expressive vocals, flawless composition…supremely impressive” FolkWords
“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 Darkis a truly remarkable album… Rura are definitely heading in a huge direction.”Bright Young Folk