From: Laughing Dog Music [gail_at_laughingdogmusic_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 24 November 2016 15:52

Subject: Ragged Union Bluegrass (Colorado, USA) UK Festival dates announced for 2017


New UK festival dates for 2017 (16 August - 3 September inc.) RAGGED UNION BLUEGRASS (Colorado, USA) After a highly successful UK debut tour this Oct



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New UK festival dates for 2017 (16 August - 3 September inc.) RAGGED UNION BLUEGRASS (Colorado, USA)

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Ragged Union Bluegrass


After a highly successful UK debut tour this October with the full band we can announce some available dates for festivals and events in 2017 from 16 Aug - 03 Sept inclusive.

Jordan Ramsey the band's superb mandolin player took First Place at the Walnut Valley Festival's National Mandolin Competition in October 2016, in Winfield, Kansas. Originally from Newport, Tennessee, Jordan studied mandolin at ETSU, and after moving to Colorado, won the Rockygrass Mandolin Competition in 2008. He had made the finals at Walnut Valley the previous 4 years, and this year brings home the Grand Prize goods in the form of a brand new Ellis F5 Special mandolin. Jordan has appeared with Tyler Grant, Benny 'Burle' Galloway', Long Road Home, and has established himself as a highly sought after player in the Colorado scene. He has been a member of Ragged Union since 2014.

"Ragged Union Bluegrass are a powerful new group that has all the essential elements of a great band - top-notch musicians, original material, tight harmonies and blistering instrumentals! They put on an entertaining stage show and have the talent and versatility to please a wide variety of audiences. Professionally, they are dependable, courteous and a pleasure to work with" - Ken Seaman, Midwinter Bluegrass Festival, USA

Lead vocalists Geoff and Christina Union have surrounded themselves with some of Colorado's finest acoustic musicians. Their latest album 'Hard Row to Hoe' is as thick and easy as a Georgia wind on an August afternoon. Grab a glass of sweet tea, settle back on the front porch swing and enjoy the tunes!


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Ragged Union's hard-driving bluegrass, with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose of the blues is infectious and mesmerising. And since their inception a couple of years ago are becoming a firm favourite with music lovers up and down the land!

"This is your grandfather's bluegrass music but NOT his lyrics or subject matter. These tunes are ?traditional' in their approach and in RU's presentation, but the subject matter of the lyrics is wholly modern; that is, they deal with modern angst, problems, even fixations in both a literal and metaphorical way. And this is the crux: that's entirely different than how bluegrass music has been ?updated' to date. It is beyond appropriate; it is fresh and innovative while preserving through their instruments the things one likes about bluegrass music."

Some pretty powerful words for a band who is just now releasing their first album. The music coming from this six-piece Colorado based ensemble, lead by husband and wife Geoff and Christina Union, is memorable and provides a platform for players performing original tunes and off-the-beaten path standards, winning fans in the process.

There is an intimacy and tightness surrounding the vocals, with award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, and up tempo arrangements giving way to the edgy, outsider songwriting that has become an earmark of their style.
'Hard Row to Hoe' was recorded in the fall/winter months of 2014 in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Former Rebecca Frazier/Hit and Run banjoist, and current player for Finnders and Youngberg, Aaron Youngberg, engineered and mixed the project consisting of thirteen tunes, eleven singers, two instrumentals, ten originals and three covers.

Band members Christina Union (lead and tenor vocals), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocal), Chris C-Bob Elliot (Banjo), Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle), and Michael Sivcovich (upright bass), have created a sound that is masterful in the hands of seasoned musicians and with an appeal that is infectious.



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