The world’s biggest contemporary Burns celebration, Big Burns Supper, kicks off on 23 January 2020 in its home of Dumfries for its 9th edition. The festival will run across 11 jam-packed days, from 23 January to 2 February, with world class musicians and performers raising a wee dram to Scotland’s national bard, in the town he called home. This includes fourpiece Rura, who are heralded as one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene. Rura spoke with The Fountain about their plans for the Big Burns Supper.

TF: You are performing at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries, you must be stoked?

Yes, we’re really looking forward to it! We’ve performed all over Scotland now but this is an area of the country we’ve hardly visited so it will be great to play to some new people and feature as part of a great line-up! 

TF: And what is the Big Burns Supper, are you able to elaborate on the event?

From what we know it’s a massive event to celebrate the life of Robert Burns. There’s lots of events taking place over 11 days with loads of different artists involved! 

TF: And you are on a line-up with some big names, who are you keen to see personally?

It’s great to be performing alongside Newton Faulkner, he’s had some big hits over the years so it will be really cool to meet him and hear his live show! 

TF: What more can we look forward to from Rura?

2020 is RURAs 10th anniversary! The band are kicking an amazing year off at the Big Burns Supper before visits to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden and France on top of lots of UK dates! RURA are recording a live album at this year’s Celtic Connections on 2nd Feb in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket which is set for release early summer!

The Big Burns Supper takes place from 23rd January – 2nd February 2020