'One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene' ***** Songlines
'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
RURA are a multi award-winning act, and one of Scotland’s most popular folk-based bands.
With three heralded albums – most recently, 2018’s lauded In Praise of Home, inspired by themes of belonging, heritage, and a sense of place – and extensive international touring, RURA are one of Scotland’s most powerful groups. Their compellingly fiery, rugged yet refined and progressive instrumentals on fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, guitar, keyboards and bodhran has placed them firmly at the forefront of 21st century Scottish folk.
In their near decade together, Jack Smedley, Steven Blake, David Foley and Adam Brown’s entrancing, euphoric live shows have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Woodford, Winnipeg, Vancouver and HebCelt, amongst countless others across more than 20 countries – whilst television audiences have been in their millions, including BBC1’s Hogmanay Live, broadcast live to the world over New Year 2016/2017 from Glasgow’s iconic Old Fruitmarket.