Ragged Rebel City is an indie/folk project that was started by Singer/Songwriter Stephen William Hodd. RRC often perform as a duo with Icelandic guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson bringing his gnarled, hypnotic guitar vibes to the party.
RRC has released 4 albums over the years with the last album ‘Ode’ fully streamable on this website. With a career spanning almost 3 decades Stephen William Hodd has toured the world as a guitarist and collaborator with Passenger & Lou Rhodes. He has opened up shows in Ireland for the likes of Paul Brady, Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Raitt, Damien Rice, Rodrigo y Gabriella and many more. He has composed music for major music companies Ninja Tunes, Sony, EMI and many more.
Learning to play guitar whilst growing up in South-West Ireland was the beginning of a journey though many styles of music which now begins again with RRC placing a foot on the musical train with new material in 2019.
A show by RRC is always a trip from delicate fingerpicking to a full on raw assault of the senses.
‘Ode’ by Ragged Rebel City
‘Ode’ by Ragged Rebel City was recorded in a cottage by the river Deben in Suffolk, U.K. in 2017. The album is a testament to the openness and fragility tapped into during the confines of solitude based existence by Stephen William Hodd, as he explores themes of love, loss, forgiveness, letting go and keeping your oar in the water no matter the force of the tidal wave.
‘Turn it up now lover, I can still sing along. Turn it up now lover, they’re still playing our song’
Every instrument was played by Stephen William Hodd on what is a multi-layered, organic musical voyage where live takes are embellished with subtle textures and, at times shouted, refrains of positive affirmation. Brushed drums occupy the background amidst the reverse tape loops and softly played counter rhythmic guitar parts. The odd musical arrangements hold enough familiarity to weather the storms yet yield enough intrigue to support the fragility and uncertainties within the lyrical subject matter. At times there are multi-part choral voices where melodic lines cross each other and support the ethereality of the scene.
The luxury of having microphones set up and at the ready at all times was a real boon in the process, allowing 7 a.m. realisations to still the fury created by late night confusions.
‘Ode’ is best enjoyed by the listener from a position of solitude and ingested in one sitting. This is medicine for the heart and fuel for the soul. Music that is proud to stand tall alongside the works of such great indie/folk artists as Bonnie Prince Billy, Bon Iver & old-school folk heroes such as the likes of John Martyn & Nick Drake.
Enquiries to : Stephen (at) raggedrebelcity (dot) com