Trongate Rum Riots

Sea Shanties and folk chaos from Scotland

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 The Trongate Rum Riots hail from Glasgow, a city as soaked in salty maritime tradition as their music. Originally forming as a sea shanty band to revive this rich and emotive style of music, the band has evolved over the past seven years to incorporate the many influences its troupe of musicians bring on board. Their style ranges from sweaty punk to dirty folk, with the occasional bluesy lick and Balkan riff, and is equally as visceral in its plugged-in form as it is in its stripped-back acoustic set. No matter the event, the Trongate Rum Riots bring their unique and powerful style, leaving no listener safe from its pounding rhythms. Behind the joyous chaos lies a six-piece of dexterous, talented musicians who continue to charm and exhilarate crowds around Scotland and beyond. The band is a favourite of the festival scene, including headlining the Festival du Chant de Marin International Sea Shanty Festival in France, which welcomes over 180,000 people. Other highlights include headlining Wickerman’s Acoustic Tent and playing Eden’s main stage in 2015 and headlining new festivals Upside Doon and Firefly in 2016 and 2017 as well as opening the Cowal Highland Gathering in 2017. The band released their debut album 'Hymns of the Deep' in May 2017 and are currently touring in Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Europe.
 

Press

 

“One of the finest moments from Wickerman Festival 2015” - Ticketmaster


“Elements of the Pogues, the Pistols, and also some of the theatre of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band...” - STV


“One of the liveliest bands about...favourites in the Scottish live music circuit.” – The National


“...foot-stomping...” – Wickerman


“...jaw-droppingly impressive.” – ItsaXXXXThing


“...wild and rambunctious celtic-punk stylings...” – Amped Up Scotland

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Trongate Rum Riots