The Ragamuffins are a cavalcade of musical buccaneers that continue to deliver captivating, exhilarating and ever so infectious indie-pop songs by the bucket load. Within the past 12 months they've co-written a song with the man behind most of Otis Redding's biggest hits, received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, had one of their latest music videos premier in a packed cinema in the centre of Sheffield and shared stages with the likes of The Beat, Ezra Furman, Dodgy, Steve Cropper, and more. All this while working on a new, full-length, fourteen track album!
They've sailed some stormy seas to get to this point, make no mistake. Captained by songwriter and vocalist David John Jaggs, the prototype Ragamuffins played their first ever gig alongside a fledgling Everything Everything at Liverpool's Cavern Club in 2008 and a year later were jetting off to Italy and Austria to play music festivals alongside Dizzie Rascal and Biffy Clyro, aided and abetted solely by donations from fans of the band through social media.
This was before University came calling for founder members, stalling the band's upward trajectory until, once again, fan intervention and assistance in 2012 lead to a new burst of life in the expanded and re-energised format of today, culminating in a sold-out show that December alongside Ian Prowse & Amsterdam at Liverpool's o2 Academy. Since then, The Ragamuffins have musically gone from strength to strength, reinforcing a traditional guitar pop sound with a now signature brass section and bringing in elements of Northern Soul, Funk, Disco and even Punk to the writing process. The band regularly draw comparisons with Dexy's Midnight Runners, early Elvis Costello (it's the glasses, isn't it?) and Belle & Sebastian at their very liveliest. From the band's most tentative beginnings their musical philosophy always revolved around wanting to make the biggest, warmest and most engaging pop music they possibly could and this hasn't changed, so expect vocal melodies that soar high above swirling organs, soulful brass, chiming guitar, driving bass and heart pounding drums to deliver perfectly packaged, virtually irresistible indie pop songs.
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