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Alt-Folk pioneers from South Wales
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- WOMEX 2013
company descriptionRag Foundation was founded by husband and wife songwriting team Neil Ronconi-Woollard, voice; and multi-instrumentalist Kate Ronconi-Woollard in the late 90s. After guitarist Richard Cowell joined they recorded their critically acclaimed debut album Minka on Fflach:Tradd reinterpreting many of the traditional songs of Neil’s ancestor Phil Tanner, the Gower Nightingale. Drummer and percussionist Huw Rees soon followed on the South by South West EP and it’s pioneering follow up album Uplands. Daniel KilBride completes the line up on bass.
Rag Foundation are based in South Wales, UK and have toured their brand of edgy, harmony soaked, alt-folk internationally. They have built a formidable live reputation on the circuit and at festivals. Rag Foundation have also supported Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant, Billy Bragg, and the Levellers
Rag Foundation, along with peers, Fernhill, Boys From the Hill, the KilBrides, Careg Lafur, Pigyn Clyst & harpist Llio Rhydderch transformed folk music coming out of Wales through the pioneering Fflach:Tradd label. After collaborating with the award winning Andy Cutting and Nigel Eaton of Blowzabella & Page & Plant, Rag Foundation took their folk influences and evolved an innovative new sound full of energy and harmony recognisable in the sound of the nu folk revival.
The band hit the headlines in the summer of 2013 when their music was heard during a Premier League broadcast to 647m homes around the world, a global TV audience of 4.7bn.
Rag Foundation return to the studio in January 2014 to work with super producer Gavin Monaghan whose credits include Robert Plant, Scott Matthews, Ryan Adams & The Editors.