Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and Co Carlow lies a stunning area of lush farmland. Cattle graze, small outbuildings lie crumbling, and a pot of tea still heats over the turf fire; a place of untouched natural beauty, of peace and contemplation away from the speed of the city. This is Ranagri.

Ranagri is a contemporary folk band of four musicians (Dónal Rogers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall, Joe Danks)  who have come together to create some exciting new music. Consisting of flutes; Irish whistles; electric harp; bodhran; guitar; bouzouki and voices, Ranagri fuse celtic folk music with quality contemporary songwriting,  enhanced by virtuoso instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling.

Ranagri had a busy 2015 & 16 with performances at Cambridge, here at Gate to Southwell, Wath, Stourbridge  and Purbeck Folk Festivals, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Folk on the Quay and combining their love for  world music they have collaborated with top Indian Musicians at The Bhavan Centre, London – the largest Indian Music Cultural Centre outside of India which has hosted the likes of Ravi Shankar and  George Harrison.

They also have toured and released an album “The Great Irish Songbook” with International star Tony Christie.

‘How often do you hear a sound that’s completely new, which has great energy and immediately makes you want to dance?  I’ll be following Ranagri around, I hope they don’t mind…’

Katie Derham – BBC Proms -BBC Radio 3


See  a great video of them playing Southwell in 2015.




Southwell Festival