By | January 17, 2022

In 2020, Scottish contemporary folk quartet Rura celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a live album recorded at a hometown gig at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket situated in the city’s stylish Merchant quarter. As Johnny noted in his album review here, the band, featuring Steven Blake (Pipes & Keys), Adam Brown (Acoustic & Electric Guitar), David Foley (Bodhran & Flute) and Jack Smedley (Fiddle & Strings), had plenty to celebrate. They made a breakthrough at 2010’s Celtic Connections where they won the Danny Kyle Award, followed in 2011 with ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and then, in the 2015 edition of those awards, ‘Live Act of the Year’. 

With a live album under their belt, collaboration was the next natural step. In their own words:

“In the early days, RURA travelled in style; in an overloaded, three-door, barely functioning Ford Fiesta. Almost always, the highlight of those journeys was sharing music by our favourite artists. Since coming together in 2010, releasing a record featuring musicians that we love has never been far from our minds, and in January 2021 we decided to make it happen.”

On February 4th, they will release Our Voices Echo featuring special guests Michael McGoldrick, Duncan Chisholm, Ross Ainslie, Hannah Rarity and Julie Fowlis. It marks a milestone for the band who added, “We would like to dedicate Our Voices Echo to everyone who has inspired and supported us over the years. This one’s for you.”

Watch the video for ‘Dh’èirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheòthar (feat. Julie Fowlis)’, the second single to be released:

Tracklisting: Our Voices Echo

  1. Famous Last Words / The Black Tap / Billy on the Bodhrán (feat. Michael McGoldrick)
  2. Dh’èirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheòthar (feat. Julie Fowlis)
  3. A’ Mhairead Og (feat. Duncan Chisholm)
  4. Chi Mi’n Geamhradh / Running the Cross (feat. Duncan Chisholm)
  5. Take This Heart of Gold (feat. Hannah Rarity) 04:29
  6. Floyd to Ke Anlong / Peel Pier Fear / The Wrangler (feat. Ross Ainslie)

Pre-Order here: https://rura.bandcamp.com/album/our-voices-echo

Rura launching their EP at Celtic Connections on 5 February 7:30pm (N’famady Kouyaté is also on the same bill so will be a great evening) Tickets