DAVID FOLEY (Bodhrán/Flute)
David is a product of Glasgow’s Irish traditional music scene. A versatile bodhran, flute & guitar player, he began as a young musician in the Comahltas organisation. David’s playing led him to great success on the competition circuit at Feiseanna and Fleadhs across the UK and Ireland which culminated in an ‘All Ireland Bodhran Champion’ title.
David studied for a BA in Scottish Music alongside RURA members Jack and Steven at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he had been accepted at the age of 16.
As well as working with RURA David performs with transglobal-roots-fusion festival favourite Världens Band and his most recent project, Irish/Scottish instrumental trio, The Lowground.
Outside performing David is a keen folk music promoter. He is the founder of the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2013 ‘Folk Club of the Year’ – Folklub. Which is an underground folk night held in Glasgow featuring the nations best folk acts.
JACK SMEDLEY (Fiddle)
Jack is one of the Scottish folk scenes finest young fiddle players. He was brought up in Cullen, on the Banffshire coast of North-East Scotland. For as long as he can remember Jack has maintained a love of folk music from Scotland and further afield.
His interest in music spurred on by following the many bands passing through local festivals. The opportunities given to him as a youngster with local fiddle groups led to Jack moving to Glasgow in 2008 to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
At twenty-five Jack has worked extensively across the UK and Europe.
A 2009 Young Traditional Musician of The Year finalist, Jack quickly teamed up with fellow finalist Adam Holmes and fellow music students Steven Blake and David Foley to form one of the most sought after young folk bands of today – RURA.
Outside of the band Jack is in huge demand as a fiddle tutor and runs an annual fiddle week in Fochabers in April. Known for his energetic and versatile playing, Jack has taken to the stage with many line-ups including Mànran, Paul McKenna Band and The Treacherous Orchestra as well as featuring as a soloist and in string sections/house bands at concerts across Scotland.
STEVEN BLAKE (Pipes/Whistles)
Steven is considered to be one of the most talented young pipers in Scotland. He is equally at home with traditional piping, contemporary folk music and composition and possesses a unique style of playing which sets him apart from his peers.
From his beginnings as a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 he has set about forging a dynamic performance career.
Steven has performed with big line-ups such as The Unusual Suspects to intimate solo spots in chamber concerts. He has played on raucous festival stages including Heb Celt, Celtic Connections and Tønder Festival in Denmark with Irish super group The Chieftains. He has also taken the stage as a soloist with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra.
Perhaps best known for his work with RURA, over the last few years Steven has taken to the stage across the globe from Japan, Italy, Spain and the Ukraine to extensively touring the UK.
As well as an unmistakable understanding and unique flare in traditional folk music Steven is well known for his love of experimentation and his constant flirtation with other musical genres, including experimental, indie, classical and jazz. This love culminated in 2014/15 when Steven wrote, recorded and released Bystander – a composition project in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Commonwealth Games.
ADAM BROWN (Guitar)
Originating from the small Suffolk village of Moulton in East Anglia, Adam Brown has been playing music for over twenty years. He is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist and a two time All Ireland Bodhran Champion.
Adam is the most recent addition to RURA. However he lacks no experience as he has toured extensively in Europe with The Rua Macmillan Trio, The Paddy Callaghan Band and The Sanna and has played on numerous albums in collaboration with other musicians and often performs for BBC Alba TV and radio in live and recorded Scottish music programs.
Not content with just playing, Adam’s technical skills also stretch to instrument making. He is an active partner in the company, R and A Brown Bodhráns, who make and distribute his range of Signature Bodhráns to other professional musicians.