A CANADIAN folk band will be performing at two village halls in Dorset next month.

Hailing from the Eastern Canadian Island of Newfoundland, Rum Ragged has performed at some of the world’s premier folk, celtic and roots venues and festivals, and recorded five award-winning studio albums.

Whilst on a wider UK tour this June, the band will perform two concerts in Dorset, in Drimpton and Broadmayne, with Artsreach, the county’s touring arts charity.

The band include instruments such as the bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion which are used to bring the distinct music of their homeland to life.

Artsreach Director, Kerry Bartlett said: “I was thrilled to discover this traditional folk group whilst in Newfoundland last September, and really enjoyed the way Rum Ragged celebrate their musical heritage – we’re looking forward to sharing their music with audiences in Dorset, which should have particular relevance given the rich history between our county and this Canadian island.”

See Rum Ragged perform live at Drimpton Village Hall (07771 554601) on Thursday, June 6, and Broadmayne Village Hall (07443 659912) on Friday, June 7.

Early booking is recommended.

Further information and tickets are also available online at www.artsreach.co.uk