The Rankin Family

Genres: Folk World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Canadian folk quintet built around Rankin family members John Morris (28 April 1959, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 16 January 2000), Raylene (b. 15 September 1960, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada), Jimmy (b. 28 May 1964, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada), Cookie (b. 4 May 1965, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Heather (b. 24 October 1967, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada). They formed when each gave up their respective careers to concentrate on music in the autumn of 1989. With instruments including guitar, bass, piano, synthesizer, violin, mandolin and percussion, the Rankin Family produce a blend of traditional and contemporary music that is dominated by the sweet vocals of the family sisters. Indeed, the ‘wholesome’ image of the band was supported by an appearance at the 1993 Cambridge Folk Festival in which they offered two sets, one of which was specifically for children. Their first album emerged independently in 1989, and was followed by Fare Thee Well Love a year...

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