‘When the faces of one hundred plus people leaving a concert are, without exception, beaming from ear to ear, with many eagerly clutching their newly purchased and signed CDs, it stands a good chance that the evening has been a successful one. Such was the case last night as Ranagri made a triumphant return to St. Edith Hall’.
David Pratt FATEA Magazine
Ranagri is a contemporary folk/world music band featuring Dónal Rogers, Eliza Marshall, Ellie Turner & Joe Danks, consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electric harp; bodhran; guitars; piano; bouzouki and voices..
Dónal Rogers’ vocals, forcible and fresh with influences from folk to world music and a powerful message to boot. A band who exude good times and happiness but are not afraid to tackle serious issues like homelessness and the current trend for fake news which surrounds us..
Ranagri bring catchy hooks and sublime instrumental blends to trad tunes as well as their original songs, characterised by Donal’s ability to spin a great yarn. Robust bass lines flow from Ellie Turner’s fingers at the electric harp, the perfect partner to Eliza Marshall’s finessed flutes and whistles. Joe Danks’ bodhran has a boisterous energy that takes the drum kit role and pays it forward with irresistable cross-rhythms and the addition of stomp box and African udu. Ranagri are set for their busiest year yet with tours in the UK and Germany and the much anticipated release of their fourth studio album (Stockfish Records) Autumn 2018.
The name Ranagri?
Between the Wicklow Mountains and Co Carlow in south eastern 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 are delighted to have secured a new recording contract with Grammy Award Winning Record Label ‘Stockfisch’ early in2018 where they are currently recording a brand new (as yet untitled) album which will be released on SACD – CD & Vinyl in autumn 2018. They have also published a book ‘Song Folk Art’ through Robinswood Press with an accompanying Traditional Folk Album recorded throughout 2014 and the critically acclaimed 2016 album VOICES.
Ranagri have been busy with performances at Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Stourbridge and Purbeck Folk Festivals, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Folk on the Quay and 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. 2016 will see them release a new album and a British tour planned for September onwards.
Ranagri have also recently released an album with International star Tony Christie of an Irish Folk-Song album, tracing a shared Irish heritage.