Ruth Dillon 

Juliana Erkkonen 

Yvonne Tiernan 

 

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The Raines are a folk/Americana trio based in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The band formed in 2019 and consists of Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan. Since the three came together to form The Raines in 2019, they have used their collective experience and influences to create a unique and pure sound, writing strong and melodic songs, in which they weave in and out of vocal harmony and counter melody, interlaced with tender and rhythmic strings.  

Having all met on the tiny island of Inis Oírr, off the West coast of Ireland, their mutual love of melody and words was realised and the idea for The Raines was born. There is an unmistakeable chemistry between the three. Both Yvonne and Ruth are Irish born, while Juliana is a native of Finland, which makes for a truly original blend of musical styles, and a sound that connects deeply with the audience.  

Yvonne (vocals/banjolele) sings and has toured with the world-renowned Irish band 'The Chieftains', Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) toured and recorded with the legendary vocalist Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own, and Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the fore front of the Americana musical scene in Ireland for many years and released seven albums with a diverse range of acts such as Mikey and the Scallywags, Cafe Minor and The Invisible Jug Band to name but a few. 

“The Raines put me in mind of something from Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975 - particularly with the parts with Scarlet Rivera on violin opposite Bob - meets an edgy Emmylou Harris...” - Barry Egan (Independent.ie)  

Voted in the TOP TEN Irish gigs of 2019 by The Irish Independent.  

 

After a drought people pray for 'Raines'....well,here they are!” - Chris O'Donnell (Former Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy manager)

The Raines debut single ‘Bare Feet On Grass’ stormed the Irish charts reaching no.1 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts in 2020, was selected as RTE Culture Tune of the Week and reached an audience of over one million people through national and local radio play.

This song is a cure for all that ails you” - Ronan Collins- RTE Radio 1

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