Friday Night Specials presents - Ranagri @ Crookes Folk Club, Sheffield [4 May]

Friday Night Specials presents - Ranagri

20:30 - 23:30

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Crookes Folk Club
The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn Street, Crookes, S10 1NW Sheffield
Ranagri first appeared at Crookes in the summer of 2015 and blew our collective socks off, so put your suspenders on — you have been warned!

They are a contemporary folk band of four musicians (Dónal Rogers, Ellie Turner, Eliza Marshall, Joe Danks) who have come together to create some exciting new music. Consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electricharp; 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.

They were delighted to secure a record contract with Grammy Award Winning Record Label 'Stockfisch' in 2014 and have since released the highly acclaimed albums 'Fort of the Hare', 'Tradition' and 'Voices', soon to be joined by a new CD which the band are currently working on. They have also worked on a collaboration with Tony Christie on 'The Great Irish Songbook', a collection of Irish folk songs tracing Christie's roots from County Mayo.

The four members – Ellie Turner (electric harp), Donal Rogers (vocals/guitar), Eliza Marshall (flutes/whistles) and Joe Danks (bodhran/bouzouki) – also lead busy and varying musical lives separately. From performances in The Royal Albert Hall, broadcasts on Radio 3 and touring with Peter Gabriel to busy Trad Irish Sessions all over London. They have appeared with medieval fusion groups, top London Orchestras including The Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestra, and as soloists on soundtracks with the likes of James Horner, Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer. Further recordings for the BBC, ITV and for bands such as The White Stripes, The Divine Comedy and Radiohead are a regular part of their musical lives. They use this wealth of styles and experience, along with their longstanding love of folk music, to come together to form ‘Ranagri’.

«There's little to use as a point of reference when you discuss the sound created by Ranagri, stunning, dazzling, remarkable, any of those will do». Tim Carroll, Folk Words

«How often do you hear a sound that's completely new and immediately makes you want to dance? I'll be following Ranagri around, I hope they don't mind...» — Katie Derham, BBC

“Ranagri’s flute and harp infused set – who wasn’t conjuring up visions of the airier moments of sublime Jethro Tull – was pitifully short, yet gave enough of a flavour to mark them on the list for the next possible wallet lightning raid on the CD stall” — Mike Ainscoe, Louder Than War (review of Cambirdge Folk Festival 2015).

“The standard of musicianship tonight was second to none as the band delivered two excellent sets. The band's musical magic was evident in some of the most flawless playing the Wheelhouse has been witness to over the last 77 shows the venue has staged” — Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Magazine

“Quality contemporary songwriting enhanced by beautiful neo-Celtic sounds.” — Carl Corcoran, Presenter RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night

«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

“Quite possibly one of the best bands we have seen in 2014. Their music is in the main self penned and lyrically has a folk feel to it, but the sound they produce is a mixture of music and rhythms from everywhere in the world. It is so very hard to find a genre to fit them into” — Les Jones, Woodman Folk Club

«What they all said!» — Steve Cooper, Crookes Folk Club



Doors open 8:15

Tickets £12 from: [email protected]

This is an «In Concert» evening — sorry no floor singers

Part of our Spring 2018 Season
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