One group was so well received by a local audience, it is coming back.
Rum Ragged will be back on stage at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.
Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just three years ago, Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers.
They were popular at this year’s Pictou Lobster Carnival as well with the patrons in attendance at their Festival of Summer Sounds appearance in 2018 at the deCoste. They are a favourite at the Stanfest Festival as well, so Troy Greencorn, executive director at the deCoste, was excited to bring them back.
From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. They are a group who are comfortable performing in any venue with a serious want to spread the reach of their music.
Rum Ragged released their debut album in the summer of 2016; it received widespread attention and acclaim with a MusicNL nominations for Album of the Year and a Music NL win for Folk Roots Recording of the Year in 2016. It was also nominated for 2017 ECMA Roots/Traditional Album of the Year; the group was awarded MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year in that same year. Their 2018 recording, The Hard Times, has in short time garnered top spot on iTunes Canada charts, award nominations and the coveted #1 spot on Fred’s Record’s wall of top selling records.
Since Manning and Collis expanded to a four-piece, with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo, they are now able to deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context.
Tickets are available at the box office.