Ranagri is a contemporary folk band of four musicians (Dónal Rogers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall, Joe Danks) 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 had a busy 2015/16 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.
Ranagri have recently released an album with International star Tony Christie of an Irish Folk-Song album, tracing a shared Irish heritage.
'How often do you hear a sound that's completely new, which has great energy and immediately makes you want to dance? I'll be following Ranagri around, I hope they don't mind...'
Katie Derham, presenter BBC Proms and Radio 3
'Echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull and new Celtic folk sounds - cemented by
strong contemporary song-writing'.
Carl Corcoran, Presenter on RTE Lyric FM