WOW – WHAT AN EVENING THIS IS GOING TO BE WITH TWO FABULOUS BANDS – Ticket price £18
“You’re unlikely to hear anything more irresistible and more folky this year”.
Louder Than War.
‘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
‘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
Alt folk band Ranagri are 4 Irish and English musicians; combining Voices, Guitar, Bouzouki, Flutes, Whistles, Harp/Electric Harp, Bodhrán/Drums.
Since forming, Ranagri have recorded three studio albums at Grammy Award Winning Record Label Stockfisch Records, with their latest record ‘Playing For Luck’ released in 2019. Acclaimed previous albums are ‘Fort of the Hare’. ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ with pop legend Tony Christie, ‘VOICES’ – recorded at Real World Studios and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Graeme Pleeth, and ‘Tradition’, which were both released on Goatskin Records.
Festival performances include Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Lyme Folk Weekend, Trinity, Bloom (Dublin) and Purbeck. No strangers to large venues, Ranagri have performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Union Chapel, Buxton Opera House and Camac Harp Festival in France to name a few. Combining their love for world music, they have collaborated with top Indian musician Kuljit Bhamra OBE, and members of Britten Sinfonia at The Bhavan Centre, London.
Touring with Justin Currie (of Del Amitri) at Islington Assembly Hall, Perth Concert Hall, Holmfirth Picturedrome and Cambridge Junction, followed by a tour of Scotland and Germany saw Ranagri writing & recording
‘Playing For Luck’ released in 2019
2020 – a very testing year for all, with the cancellation of tours in both Britain and Europe.
Ranagri bunker down in the studio to write and record their next album TRADITION II, due for release in November 2021
The sound of dreams realised, joy unconfined, your favourite yesterdays returning and the promise of tomorrow. Merry Hell are all this and more
Founded in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. In four short years they have risen to become festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. They are continuing to develop an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances
The band was forged in the smouldering embers of 90s Folk/punk band, The Tansads. Following an emotional series of reunion concerts in 2010, its members chose to tread the boards under a new name, ‘Merry Hell’, in order to reflect their new impetus, new hopes and, most importantly, new songs.
While Merry Hell retains a nucleus of five former Tansads members, brothers John, Bob and Andrew Kettle (guitar, mandolin and vocals respectively), along with keyboard player, Lee Goulding and drummer Andy Jones, the addition of vocalist, Virginia Kettle (wife of John), has helped create a new identity, purpose and spirit, in their music. She took little persuading to trade in her solo singer-songwriter past for a future in the band. Her prolific, ingenious and insightful song writing is one of the focal points of Merry Hell’s recordings and live performances – her presence has perfectly complemented a group which has taken particular pride in penning original material (Bob, John and Lee have also been consistent contributors of new songs).
October, 2011 saw the release of their debut album, BLINK.. and you miss it to universally excellent reviews, including top ratings in many publications and inclusion in several album of the year listings. As the word spread, the record achieved a stint in the Number 1 slot on the Amazon ‘recently popular’ chart in the Folk/Rock category.
During 2014, Merry Hell played over twenty festivals, including a highlight support slot to Richard Thompson at Towersey, undertook its first national tour in Spring, a further tour in October, plus a ten date acoustic jaunt around the folk clubs and arts centres of Northern Britain. This was accompanied by the release of two self-produced videos and an EP previewing tracks from the new album, The Ghost In Our House and other stories… In addition to this feverish activity, the band was at the centre of ‘The Armistice Pals’, a project instigated and coordinated by its manager. This involved over forty folk artists and over a hundred more voices from the wider folk community, brought together to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and to celebrate the inspiration of Pete Seeger through a re-recording of ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’. The project gained national and international support and has recently been the winner of two awards.
‘Let the music speak for itself….’
Read about the bands here: merry hell.co.uk
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