Rura to perform at Culturlann

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Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin will host one of the hottest new acts on the UK folk scene this Saturday, May 18, at 7.30pm when Rura perform.

Announced as winners of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival 2011 and as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the powerhouse five-piece line-up of Rura has already performed across the UK, Europe and most recently in the U.S.A.

Combining highland pipes, whistles, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and vocals, their powerful, energetic performances breathe new life into traditional music and showcase Scotland’s emerging talent in new contemporary folk songs and instrumentals.

Rura bookended the success of 2011 when they recorded their debut album ‘Break it Up’ which was released to great acclaim.

With a number of UK dates in the offing for 2013 and extensive tours of Germany and Austria, Rura are set for another busy year.

The final heat of the traditional music talent search, An Ré Nua, will also be held on Saturday night.

Organisers of this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry earlier this year invited bands, duos and singers from the UK and Ireland to enter the one off trad talent search that would earn them a spot performing at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, sharing a bill with masters of the trade like Flook, Beoga, Cara Dillon, Tim Edey and Brendan Power, and Dervish.

Eibhlín Ní Dhochartaigh, chairperson of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann said: ‘This competition has been a real eye opener to the traditional music talent that is around at the minute.

“It has been the perfect way to gear the city up for the feast of great music we will have in August, but it also gives young musicians a fantastic platform for furthering a career in music.”

The winners from each of the three categories will record their music for a new compilation album called An Ré Nua 2013, showcasing the high standard of contemporary trad/folk music from young musicians.

They will also receive a mastercopy of their music as an EP.

Project co-ordinator, Odhrán Ó Maoláin, said this was a great opportunity.

“The eyes of the cultural sector are on Derry this year, making it the ideal location for the An Ré Nua project. Acts that have taken part will get maximum exposure to the folk music industry and loads of media interest.”

For more information visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie or call +44 2871 373573.

Tickets for Saturday night’s Rura concert and An Ré Nua heat are priced at £10 and available from Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin or online at www.culturlann -doire.ie