Line up

  • Adam Brown (guitar)
  • Adam Holmes (vocals, guitar)
  • David Foley (bodhran, flute )
  • Jack Smedley (fiddle)
  • Steven Blake (bagpipes, whistle, drones)


Rugged yet disciplined, heartfelt whilst rousing and anthemic, refreshingly contemporary but rooted in tradition, all-together punch-packing… Rura are a band inarguably at the forefront of Scottish folk.

Internationally renowned – and in demand – for their powerhouse mix of highland pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and voice, Rura are one of the most sought-after bands of their generation. Steven Blake, Jack Smedley, David Foley and Adam Brown create hard-hitting, muscular, yet intricately arranged, instrumentals to match singer/songwriter Adam Holmes’ haunting songcraft – a perfected mix that has seen them rise to headline status at festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

Since bursting on to the scene in 2010, as award winners at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, Rura have firmly established themselves as a major force. The release of their heralded first album, Break It Up, in 2012 was accompanied by multiple award wins and nominations – including the running for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award 2013 – and now the five-piece’s second release is just around the corner. Due for release in spring 2015, it is one of the most hotly-anticipated, feverishly requested albums in recent years – and from a band of the very same.