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May 18, 2019

Bedfordshire based Ragged Staff are Ned Lawton (uilleann pipes, whistles, percussion & vocals), Caroline Riches (violin & vocals) & Mike Nacey (tenor guitar & percussion). Ned formed the band in 2008 driven by a passion for English and Irish acoustic music.

The music is energetic with dynamics that can move from a whisper to a roar. Over a number of years Ragged Staff built up a considerable following, eventually calling it a day in 2016 to pursue other projects. Invisible Folk were delighted to persuade them to reform for this podcast session.

Ned is active in musical theatre having written shows based on life in the 1800s incorporating traditional and contemporary folk songs.

Caroline is an occasional solo performer, on this session she plays one of her own songs while accompanying on hammered dulcimer. She is also part of the Bonnet & Belt Theatre Company currently performing 'Canals of Old England' which celebrates the heritage of English canals in music, song and verse.

To obtain a copy of Ragged Staff's most recent album 'Kiss The Shore' please contact Ned via