|Tuesday 28 July 2015 @ 09:00pm : -
Ranagri is a contemporary folk band of four musicians (Dónal Rogers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall, Tad Sargent) who have come together to create some exciting new music. Consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electric harp; bodhran; guitar; bouzouki and voices, Ranagri fuse celtic folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling.
Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and Co Carlow, Ireland, lies an area of farmland; a place of untouched natural beauty, of peace and contemplation. This idyll is called Rathnagrew (pronounced Ran-ag-rye!). It''s where Dónal''s family come from and still live today.
Ranagri were delighted to secure a record contract with Grammy Award Winning Record Label ''Stockfisch'' in 2014. They have released a highly acclaimed SACD hybrid album entitled ''Fort of the Hare'', which will be released on CD later this year and have also published a book ''Song Folk Art'' through Robinswood Press with an accompanying Traditional Folk Album recorded throughout 2014.
Ranagri have a busy 2015 ahead of them with performances at Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Stourbridge and Purbeck Folk Festivals, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Folk on the Quay and a European tour for early 2016. Combining their love for world music they have collaborated with top Indian Musicians at The Bhavan Centre, London – the largest Indian Music Cultural Centre outside of India which has hosted the likes of Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.
Ranagri have recently been working with International star Tony Christie on an Irish Folk-Song album, tracing the singer''s roots from County Mayo, which will be released late 2015. Other releases this year include a song for the great national charity ''Music in Hospitals'', and a collaboration with lighting designers on ''Seasur'', incorporating music and lighting videos throughout the year.
Dónal Rogers (vocals/guitar); Eliza Marshall (flutes/whistles); Jean Kelly (electric harp); and Tad Sargent (bodhran/bouzouki) are all well established within the music industry and whilst it has been an honour to work with esteemed artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Paloma Faith and Ennio Morricone, they all share a great passion which lies in the folk-songs, stories and music of Ranagri.
“How often do you hear a sound that''s completely new, which has great energy and immediately makes you want to dance? I''ll be following Ranagri around, I hope they don''t mind..." ~ Katie Derham, presenter BBC Proms and Radio 3
“Echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull and new Celtic folk sounds - cemented by strong contemporary song-writing" ~ Carl Corcoran, Presenter on RTE Lyric FM
''Every now and again the Folk music world needs a gentle kick up the backside and we should be eternally grateful that the four members of Ranagri have slipped into their best Doc Martins to do just that''. ~ Beverley Folk Club