Rag Foundation was founded by songwriting team Neil Woollard, voice, and multi-instrumentalist Kate Ronconi on fiddle, in the late 90s. After guitarist Richard Cowell joined they recorded their critically acclaimed debut album Minka on Fflach:Tradd. Drummer and percussionist Huw Rees soon followed on the South by South West EP and its pioneering follow up album Uplands. Daniel KilBride completes the line-up on bass.
Rag Foundation are based in South Wales and have toured their electrifying 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 toured in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Rag Foundation, along with contemporaries 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 the Premier League Swansea City vs Manchester United broadcast to 647m homes around the world, a global TV audience of 4.7bn. Their 2014 album, the Sparrow & the Thief remains a “manifesto for brilliant contemporary folk music”.
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