Scruff of the Neck presents RAE
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Members Leonie Evans (Vocals/Guitar), Dan Truen (Drums) and Leon Boyden (Bass) met at Dartington College of Arts in 2006. Here they found many musical influences from around the world at their fingertips and formed the band ‘Rae’. These influences can be found in all of their music; ranging from North Indian to jazz, from classical to funk, flamenco to hip hop and from folk to rock. This means the band’s music can chop and change in mood, style and subject matter.
Originally having the pleasure of playing with cellist Asha McCarthy, who features on the earlier recordings and has now gone to India to pursue Indian classical music. More recently being joined by Lorenzo Prati on Tenor Saxophone, has added yet another texture and range of influence to the band, having studied Jazz and Balkan music.
Other people to have guested with Rae are Raven Bush & Liam Magill (Syd Arthur), Benny Brooke (Not Now Bernard), Sophie Fowler and Libby quick.
Rae have a strong following in the South West and East of England which has helped their attendance on the stage at many festivals around the country (Glastonbury 2010, Lounge on the farm 09/10, sunrise 2010, Aeon 2009…)and plans for their new album launch tour will be taking them to further afield early in 2011.
Since forming ‘Rae’ have and will be performing with the likes of Billy Bragg, Syd Arthur, The Mandibles, Dahkla, Polar Bear, Zoo For You and many others. Each encounter adding to their miriad of influences, and resulting in and ever shifting ‘sound’ that can only be described as ‘Rae’.