Rag Foundation

Rag Foundation

 Swansea, Wales, GBR
BandFolkAlternative

Folk pioneers from South Wales -

"A beguiling brand of folk-pop, a blend of guitar and harmony rarely heard since the best days of CSNY." BBC

Comparisons have been made with Teenage Fanclub, but the sheer quirkiness suggests compatriots Gorky's, or going further back, the Incredible String Band.

Biography

Rag Foundation was founded by songwriting team Neil Ronconi-Woollard, voice; and multi-instrumentalist Kate Ronconi-Woollard on fiddle in the late 90s. After guitarist Richard Cowell joined they recorded their critically acclaimed debut album Minka on Fflach:Tradd, reinterpreting many of the songs of Neil's ancestor The Gower Nightingale Phil Tanner. 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, UK 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 the Levellers over the years.

Rag Foundation, along with peers, Fernhill, Boys From the Hill, the KilBrides, Carreg Lafar, 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 and Page & Plant, Rag Foundation have taken 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 August 2013 when their music was heard during the opening Premier League game, broadcast to 647m homes around the world, a global TV audience of 4.7bn.

Rag Foundation returned to the studio in January to work with super producer Gavin Monaghan whose credits include Robert Plant, Scott Matthews, Ryan Adams & The Editors debut album The Back Room. Their new album The Sparrow and the Thief will be released in 2014.

Discography

Minka - Released on Fflach:Tradd (Nominated by fRoots as one of the albums of the year)
South by Southwest (EP) - Released on Ty Bach Records
Uplands - Released on Fflach
Rough Guide to the Music of Wales