Rough Island Band

Contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly.

Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, RIB craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio; to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises; as well as running folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK.

RIB are: John Elliott, Joe Keelan, Piers Lewin, James Sills. Contributing musician: Giles Lewin.

‘This Island of Yours…’ is RIB’s fourth studio album and charts a deeply personal response to the islands. Submissions of poetry, photographs, stories and spoken word have been woven into the fabric of the album by RIB and collated as a physical scrapbook to accompany the recordings. Musically, this is RIB’s most ambitious and idiosyncratic to date, expanding their contemporary folk sound with echoes of electronica, jazz and ambient music. Recorded in their home studio on St Agnes over ten days in April 2017, the album captures a tangible sense of place and sense of space. The album will be released to their Pledge Music supporters on 31st August, with a general release on 13th October.

Praise for 2014’s album ‘On All Sides’:

‘Fresh, energetic and blessed with a light touch’ (Spiral Earth)
‘A real cracker’ (Mike Harding’)
‘A band that is totally happy within its own skin’ (Fatea)
‘Great band!’ (Dustin Hoffman – yes that Dustin Hoffman!)
‘Thank you. You are wonderful’ (Judi Dench – yes that Judi Dench!)

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