David Rankine

May 9, 2011 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

On our main stage this year we welcome Progressive Folk  musician and artist, David Rankine.

Drawing heavily from such diverse influences as Appalachian folk,Indo-Perisan,Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and also from a background in Scots and Irish folk music (bagpipes), David’s original compositions engage the listener in a way that asks the listener to become part of the music- music that provides a co-creative healing space. Although a devoted player of the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer (a zither like 4 stringed modal instrument) Dave has never let his playing style be restricted by traditional modes or idioms. Composing all of his own material, his playing is eclectic and diversified…mixing the dynamics of bagpipes (his first instrument) and hard rock, with riffs and scales influenced by Indo Persian and Medieval music.

Dave’s compositions run the range from exquisitely sweet ballads (The Knot, May Day, Forsaken) to trance grooves like “Ullalume’s Return” to driving poly-rhythmic stomps like “Circles”, “The Crucible” and “Axis of Love”.

No matter what the tune is, audiences and listeners always comment on how trance-inducing the music is. This may be a result of a playing style that layers lead, rhythm and bass lines, often played all at the same time using combination of fingerpicking, strum and flat picking techniques. It is a style of playing that draws heavily from Scottish Bagpipe classical music (Ceol Mhor) and also Indian Ragas.

David Rankine is the driving force behind the Acid Folk-Rock outfit Dulcimerhead and has also recently formed a new folk jazz collaboration with Jason Pfeiffer (of HAWP, Nollaig) called Daljegg.

David has released 11 CD recordings under his own label (Arathusa Records) including 5 with Dulcimerhead, and 4 solo mediation and healing CDs including his latest release ” Healing Space” (taken from ecofestbarrie.ca)

For a sample of David Rankine’s music check out his songs, Confluence, Entrainment  and Relaxation on Reverb Nation

For more info on the Art of David Rankine visit davidrankineart.com.


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