Celtic \ Folk \ Roots
Few traditional folk bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by Aaron Collis and Mark Manning in 2015, the members hail from rural towns upon the island of Newfoundland, one of the world’s richest hubs of folk and traditional music nestled at the easternmost point of North America. Brought together by their shared passion for collecting and arranging the undiscovered traditional songs and tunes of their home, Rum Ragged brings the music to new heights while keeping their roots in the past and their eyes on the future.
Boasting bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar and button accordion, these new champions of East Coast music enliven and enlighten audiences with their signature brand of Newfoundland folk. With a reverence for their roots, combined with a creative, contemporary edge, Rum Ragged has quickly become the finest bearers of a living musical tradition. You will find it all in their touching ballads, spirited shanties, and fierce jigs and reels, which they deliver with a swagger and command of their craft that is far beyond their years.
Since their inception in 2015, Rum Ragged’s constant and extensive touring schedule has seen them bring the music of their homeland across Canada and as far afield as the U.K and the Caribbean, amassing multiple awards and an ever-growing fan base in the process. Always honest, sometimes poignant and often humorous, staggering musicianship, and captivating storytelling, they know just what it takes to bring audiences an experience they won't soon forget.
Their acclaimed multi-award winning albums: Rum Ragged (2016), Rum Ragged at Christmas (2017) and The Hard Times (2018), as well as their new release The Thing About Fish (2019), speak for themselves. Even with this prolific recording output, it is Rum Ragged’s live show that is a must for any true music lover.
2019 ECMA Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year Nominee
2019 MusicNL Folk/Roots Artist of the Year
2019 MusicNL Video of the Year
2019 MusicNL Factor Album of the Year Nominee
2019 MusicNL Group of the Year Nominee
2018 Blues & Roots Worldwide Radio Album of the Year Nominee
2018 MusicNL Group of the Year
2018 MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year
2018-MusicNL Folk/Roots Artist of the Year Nominee
2017 ECMA Celtic/Traditional Recording of the Year Nominee
2017 MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year
2016 MusicNL Factor Album of the Year Nominee
2016 MusicNL Folk/Roots Artist of the Year