The Raines

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Clifden Station House

Galway Road

H71 AK52 Connemara


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The Raines are a Galway based folk/Americana trio consisting of Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan.

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This event is supported by Galway County Council Arts Office and funded through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Local Live Performance Scheme.

The Raines are a folk/Americana trio based in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The band formed in 2019 and consists of three highly regarded folk musicians –Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan. Since the three came together to form The Raines in 2019, they have used their collective experience and influences to create a unique and pure sound, writing strong and melodic songs, in which they weave in and out of vocal harmony and counter melody, interlaced with tender and rhythmic strings.

Together, they have created a unique and pure sound, combining sensitive vocals, gifted songwriting and highly accomplished musicianship.

There is an unmistakable chemistry between the three, weaving in and out of harmonies, hitting the audience hard with unguarded lyrics, while using tender and rhythmic strings to connect deeply with the listener.

Having met on Inis Oirr, on the west coast of Ireland, their mutual love of melody and words was quickly realised, and they took the natural step to blend their considerable musical experiences : Yvonne (vocals/banjolele) sings and tours with world renowned ‘The Chieftains’, and is a member of The Grey Willows, Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) toured and recorded with esteemed singer Dolores Keane, was a member of The Molly Hicks, and has released three solo CDs, and Juliana (fiddle, vocals) is a stalwart of the Americana musical scene in Ireland, whose session work and many recordings shows the demand for her talent, while playing with The Rocky River Bluegrass Show, the Grey Willows and The Invisible Jug band.

‘The Raines’ shine when they create music together, losing themselves in a magical silvery world with every song, every note, every breath, a world in which the listener feels deeply connected with their rare and beautiful sound.

“..The Raines put me in mind of something from Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975 – particularly with the parts with Scarlet Rivera on violin opposite Bob – meets an edgy Emmylou Harris…” Barry Egan (Sunday Independent)

Voted in the TOP TEN Irish gigs of 2019 by The Irish Independent.

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