The Ragamuffins

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The Ragamuffins
OriginLiverpool, England
GenresIndie pop
Years active2007–present
Websitehttps://soundcloud.com/theragamuffins
https://www.facebook.com/theragamuffinsuk
https://www.twitter.com/theragamuffins
http://www.theragamuffins.bandcamp.com
http://www.theragamuffins.co.uk
MembersDavid Jaggs
Sam Parry
Alex Pearson
Thomas Fripp
Will Graham
Florin Ciuararu
Past membersRichard Nicholson
Ross Kilmister
Daniel Elliott
Jules Gilchrist
Paul Heck
Xavier Winton
Edward Feery

The Ragamuffins are a British indie pop band based in the North West of England, close to Manchester and Liverpool.

Biography[edit]

The band was formed by David Jaggs and Richard Nicholson in 2007 under the name The Rascallies, but they later decided to change the name to The Ragamuffins due to fellow North West band The Rascals. Paul Heck and Jules Gilchrist joined at the start of 2008 and things began to kick off from there. Richard decided to call it a day in the summer of 2009, his last gig being for Lancashire's "Rock FM" and the band recruited Brent Ashton to take his place behind the drum kit.

Past gigs include the Snowbombing Festival in Austria, playing mainstage at The Beatherder Festival alongside Reverend & The Makers and The Whip, headlining Liverpool's o2 Academy 2, supporting Everything Everything, supporting The Zutons, opening the 6-month-long "Made in Europe" Festival in Italy and performing at Alan Mcgee's Death Disco in London.

The Ragamuffins have recorded a live video for MUTV thanks to a shared support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity; the video frequently airing on the Sky TV channel. They've also had records played numerous times at Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium by longtime announcer George Sephton. Furthermore, the song 'Royally Flushed' provides the backing track for showreel of North West media (showcased at events such as the Labour Party Conference). The Ragamuffins are featured as a BBC Introducing band, and recently appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire on 'An intimate afternoon with The Ragamuffins' (in the past they have played live on BBC Radio Merseyside, Blackburn Station "107 The Bee", Salford City Radio and other smaller local stations too)

In 2011, after something of a hiatus, David and Paul announced that they would be releasing a new album in 2012 entitled "Irony Curtain" containing re-recordings of some older tracks as well as several brand new songs. The album was released on Liverpool label "7L Records" and focussed on a more organic guitar-pop sound than the "Batteries Not Included" era material. This was followed up by 2013's "The Telling Tales EP" making more use of the soulful brass section that the band encompassed for the "Irony Curtain" sessions and the subsequent live performances in support of it. In November 2014, the band played a 3-song set at Moorfields Station, Liverpool as part of Merseyrail's 'Sound Station'.

In 2016 the band released their 2nd full album, "Over On The Shipping Forecast" through Liverpool publishing company Ditto Music [1], receiving airplay on BBC Radio 2 and on ITV's "This Morning", with the album's accompanying tour including dates alongside Britpop band Dodgy and Stax Records guitarist Steve Cropper.

In 2018 the band followed this up with the "Cause Of Causes" album, their 3rd full length release, also released through Ditto Music [2]

They also wrote 'Si Señor', along with Marc Kenny, which is a song about Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

Press[edit]

Threshold Festival, Liverpool: "I witnessed The Ragamuffins tearing up the place with some pounding Northern Soul-style, Dexy's inspired tunes. Original numbers, like the possibly inaccurate "It Never Rains In Mossley Hill" were played loud and raw against a background of pugilistic brass that punched metaphorical holes right through the gorgeously decorated walls of the Elevator.
Lancashire Telegraph: "A word too about the support band The Ragamuffins, led by an Elvis Costello-like singer and with some great lyrics and engaging hook lines. Definitely a band to look out for."
Preston University Press: "exactly what British indie pop needs right now; charm, originality, but most of all, damn fine song writing"
Northern Empire Promotions, Liverpool: "so passionate - The end result is beautiful songs that will not allow you to keep your feet still. We dare you not to dance!"
“Asp Bites” Online Review “I'm not often impressed to the same margin I was when I heard The Ragamuffins via BBC Introducing. They are definitely a band for me, and their "kitchen-sink-drama jangly indie-pop songs" are really appealing. Together with their addiction to cups of tea, their music is close to my heart. It's similar enough to fit into the generically popular 'indie' category that's overwhelmed nowadays, but reasurringly different"[3]
Bluesbunny Independent Music Reviews on “El Bandito”: “Throwing us a lifebelt filled with happy hummable songs, this band are what this once great country needs; a reason to get out of bed and dance. So set sail for the future because it will certainly be bright if The Ragamuffins have anything to do with it. 4/5”[4]
Bluesbunny Independent Music Reviews: “There are times when you wonder if melody has been forgotten in popular music but not tonight. A musician said to me recently that it was really hard to write a happy song. Well, The Ragamuffins have them by the barrow load. With relentless enthusiasm on their side, The Ragamuffins soon drag your feet to the dance floor and, duly, even a bishop would be compelled to leave the pulpit to get on down with the congregation.”

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Batteries Not Included" (Japan, 2009)
  • "The Telling Tales EP" (UK, 2013)[5]
  • "The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round EP" (2013) [6]

Albums[edit]

  • "Irony Curtain" (UK, 2012)[7]
  • "Over On The Shipping Forecast" (UK, 2016) [8]
  • "Cause Of Causes" (UK, 2018)[9]

References[edit]