St Lukes Sat 2nd February 2019
From Celtic Connections Festival 17 Jan to 3 Feb 2019
By DANNY MATHESON
Rura showed tonight why they are one of Scotlands most sought after Folk bands. Right from the outset they were energetic and exciting to watch and listen to. The capacity crowd at this great venue thought so also as they danced, swayed and clapped in time with the music.
Rura are a four piece band featuring Jack Smedley (fiddle), Stephen Blake (highland bagpipes and piano}, Adam Brown (guitar) and David Foley (bodhran and flute). They first came to light in 2010 as finalists in the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections and have not looked back since. The have also now got a devoted fan base all over the world, having played the main stage at many worldwide folk events. They recently released their third album “In Praise of Home” from which a lot of their playlist came from in this concert including the title track , “Day one”, “Catriona’s” and “Lust”. All were played with exceptional musicianship and great vigour. A lovely touch was to have voice overs from Jack’s Grandfather and David’s one hundred year old Grandmother played over a couple of the tracks.
A lot of bands sometimes need a vocalist to take away the pure instrumentals, however this band have got it just right as they go from one exciting tune into even more exciting ones played even quicker than the previous one. An excellent performance from a very exceptional band.
Rura were supported in this gig by Talabarte a four piece band from Galicia as part of Celtic Connections link with Galicia for this year. They played traditional Galician tunes as well as some self penned ones. They enjoy playing this venue as much as the sell out crowd did too. They produced a high level energy in their tunes and a very worthy opening act