St. John’s, NL
From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, traditional Newfoundland band Rum Ragged pays homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, they have recently expanded to a four-piece with Anthony Chafe on Bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo. Together they deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context, whether it is an intimate pub show or a spirited festival stage. Hailing from four different outports around the island, Rum Ragged now represents the best that this province has to offer in the traditional genre. With an acclaimed new album and award nominations already under their belt this year, 2017 promises to be a busy and successful year for this dedicated, energetic band.