”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
Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards
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 superbly refined, blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, whistle, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has proven a resounding smash 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, the raw attack of Steven Blake, Adam Brown, David Foley and Jack Smedley’s muscular instrumentals, matching singer/songwriter Adam Holmes’ 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.
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.