|Monday 28 August 2017 @ 02:00pm : -
Ragged Union Bluegrass Band
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Ragged Union features 2016 Walnut Valley National Mandolin Champion, Jordan Ramsey, and has been touring nationally and internationally since the winter of 2014. Their sound is built around the singing and songwriting duo of husband-and-wife, Geoff and Christina Union, and comes to life in the electrifying hands of some of Colorado’s (and the country’s) finest bluegrass musicians, including, along with Ramsey, former Spring Creek/Blue Canyon Boys banjo wizard, Chris Elliott, and Rocky Grass Academy veteran Justin Hoffenberg on the fiddle, who along with the Unions form a dynamic and cohesive unit that puts on memorable and exciting shows for dancers, listeners, traditionalists and progressives alike.
Like many bands these days, there’s something borrowed and something new about Ragged Union’s approach to bluegrass music. There are recognizable melodic and (country) lyric themes alongside non-traditional ones; breakneck grassy duet numbers, and slower ‘country-funk’ tunes; traditional arrangements alongside composed ideas and the occasional ‘jam’ section. Throughout all of it, the bluegrass quality of the sound shines through with world-class instrumentalists deeply versed in the genre, a powerful rhythmic drive, and close-harmony singing.
Ragged Union’s travels have taken them to festivals, concerts and clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, including a three-week tour of England and Scotland in October 2016. The group also frequents the Pacific Northwest and West Coast in general.
"When bluegrass is played right, it impossible to resist the allure of that mountain music sound; and Ragged Union get it oh so right." ~ Lloyd Brown, Fatea Magazine
"A scorching live proposition" ~ Kevin Bourke, R2 Magazine
"Ragged Union is a powerful new group that has all the essential elements of a great band – top-notch musicians, original material, tight harmonies and blistering instrumentals!" ~ Ken Seaman / Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival
"Geoff and Christina can really blend their voices, and their band adds fresh and crisp support. This is well-played Colorado bluegrass!" - Pete Wernick, Hot Rize
"Lead vocalists Geoff and Christina Union have surrounded themselves with some of Colorado's finest acoustic musicians on their latest cd Ragged Union "Hard Row To Hoe." The Album is a thick and easy Georgia wind on an August afternoon. Grab a glass of sweet tea, settle back on the front porch swing and enjoy the tunes!" ~ Charles R Humphrey III