Ranagri is a contemporary folk band of four musicians (Dónal Rogers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall, Tad Sargent) who have come together to create some exciting new music. Consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electric harp; bodhran; guitar; bouzouki and voices, Ranagri fuse celtic folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling.
Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and Co Carlow, 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 were delighted to secure a record contract with Grammy Award Winning Record Label ‘Stockfisch’ in 2014 where they recorded the highly acclaimed SACD hybrid album ‘Fort of the Hare’.
They have also published a book ‘Song Folk Art’ through Robinswood Press with an accompanying Traditional Folk Album recorded throughout 2014.
Ranagri have a busy 2015 ahead of them with performances at Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Stourbridge and Purbeck Folk Festivals, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Folk on the Quay and a European tour for early 2016. 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.
Ranagri have recently been working with International star Tony Christie on an Irish Folk-Song album, tracing the singer’s roots from County Mayo, which will be released late 2015. Other releases this year include a song for the great national charity ‘Music in Hospitals’, and a collaboration with lighting designers on ‘Seasur’, incorporating music and lighting videos throughout the year.