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Friday, October 6th, 2017
Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and County Carlow lies a stunning area of lush farmland, a place of untouched natural beauty, of peace and contemplation. This idyll is called Rathnagrew (pronounced Ran-ag-rye!). Four London musicians (Dónal Rogers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall, Joe Danks); one traditional Irish player, two classically trained, and one blues singer and guitarist, all with a passion for folk music; a meeting in a pub in Richmond and the story of 'Ranagri the band' begins. Consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electric harp; bodhran; guitar; bouzouki and voices, Ranagri fuse worldwide folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling. The hybrid combination of these players brings a melting pot of creativity. Such different musical backgrounds makes for a fantastic mixture of new sounds and ideas. 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.