Ragged Staff, named after a 17th century Inn which once stood at the crossroads in the Bedfordshire village of Silsoe, was formed in 2008. The current line-up has been playing an Anglo-Celtic mix of traditional and contemporary folk music from the end of 2015.
With a focus on intricate arrangements and the use of a broad range of instruments such as guitar, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, whistle, bodhran and uilleann pipes, the band offer a host of tunes and songs to entertain any audience.
Ragged Staff have performed at festivals, folk clubs and pubs throughout Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and are the resident band at the NAF Club in Silsoe. They released their debut album ‘Isle of Hope’ in 2010 and their second album 'Kiss the Shore' in 2013.
They are also available for private functions.
"I absolutely loved them.'
Nick Coffer. BBC 3 Counties Radio.
"A very talented trio not to mention stunningly good vocals, individually and with excellent harmonies. We hope to see them again in the near future."
Brian Peckett. Organiser, The Song Loft, Stony Stratford.
"Thank you so much for playing today. You went down really well with the audience and got us off to a great start. I really enjoyed your set".
Michele Read, Organiser, The Woodworks Festival.
"Fantastic concert last night. Ragged Staff got the event off to a superb start."
Simon Bailes. Organiser of Dunton Folk Club.
"The set was breathtaking. If you haven't seen these people perform, promise yourself that you will get to see them somewhere soon."
Mel Pitts. Bedford Folk Club.
"It was a great night much enhanced by Ragged Staff."
Alan Hewson. Organiser of Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club.
"Your music really added a lovely atmosphere to the afternoon and seemed a perfect accompaniment to our event."
The Sure Foundation Utanga Orphanage Project
"Superb entertainment ... they were excellent."
"Ragged Staff were great last night. Wonderful music, beautifully played."
Julian Mount. Watford Folk Club.
"Ragged Staff successfully show that they have the skill and capability to not only deliver an outstanding performance in a live environment but perform their songs at such a high standard."
Love Folk Live Awards 2014.