Oban date on Rana­gri tour

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Last time Rana­gri were up north, they were sup­port­ing Del Amitri's Justin Cur­rie at Perth Con­cert Hall.

Now the folk/world mu­sic band are back in Scot­land and in Oban this month in their own right at The Cor­ran Halls with open­ing sup­port from their friend Steve Da­gleish.

The gig, on Mon­day Au­gust 20, is Rana­gri’s first head­line Scot­tish tour, with a new al­bum com­ing out on Stock­fish Records at the end of the year and Euro­pean and Amer­i­can tours planned for 2019.

The band brings to­gether four vir­tu­oso mu­si­cians who have en­ter­tained au­di­ences all over the world with their mix of harp, flutes, bodhran, gui­tars and voices. The four mem­bers also lead busy and vary­ing mu­si­cal lives sep­a­rately.

El­iza Mar­shall is prin­ci­pal flute on nu­mer­ous film scores and al­bums hav­ing worked with artists in­clud­ing Ste­vie Won­der, Paul Mc­Cart­ney, Rob­bie Wil­liams and Peter Gabriel. Eleanor Turner is a world-ac­claimed harpist and com­poser, per­form­ing at venues in­clud­ing Am­s­ter­dam’s Muziekge­bouw aan’t IJ, Ber­lin's Kam­mer­musik­saal at the Phil­har­monie and Shang­hai’s Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic.

She is also Head of Harp at the Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire.

Dó­nal Rogers is im­mersed in song­writ­ing and writes with many of to­day’s lead­ing artists, while Joe Danks, who started on drums at 11, tours folk clubs and fes­ti­vals in the UK and reg­u­larly has his mu­sic played on Tom Robin­son's BBC 6 Mu­sic show.

Guest artist Steve Da­gleish per­forms his orig­i­nal songs and in­ter­pre­ta­tions of trad and mod­ern songs at folk clubs, mu­sic venues and fes­ti­vals.

He said: ‘I am thrilled to have been in­vited to open for Rana­gri on this short tour of Scot­land and es­pe­cially this Oban gig. We crossed mu­si­cal paths at folk fes­ti­vals a few years ago and have joined forces since at sev­eral sell-out gigs south of the bor­der. Our mu­tual love of Scot­land drove us to put the tour to­gether and we’re hoping this is the first of sev­eral vis­its.’

Af­ter Oban, the band will be at An Cridhe on Coll on Tues­day Au­gust 21 and at The Glass Barn at Isle of Mull Cheese, Tober­mory, on Thurs­day Au­gust 23.

Rana­gri come to The Cor­ran Halls on Mon­day Au­gust 20 with spe­cial guest Steve Da­gleish.

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