Edinburgh based Rockers, The Rising Souls, have unveiled their new guitarist with a barnstorming performance at the first ever Road Rage Festival in Sheffield.

Glasgow born guitarist, Ciaran Hanratty, has joined the band after an extensive search, and weeks of auditions, and it seems he is the perfect fit.

“For the last couple years, we’ve had a few stand-in players to help us out when we played live”, says singer Dave Archibald. “They’ve all be great guys, and done a fantastic job, but we knew we needed to find a permanent guitarist to really move the band forward.”

And it seems that it was meant to be. “I’d been aware of the band for a while, and had actually seen them a few times”, says Hanratty. “I thought they had a great sound, and a great vibe, so when the opportunity to audition came along, it just seemed like everything was falling into place.”

“Yeah, he came in to the auditions, and had everything nailed”, continues Archibald. “He knew the songs inside out, and he had all the tones bang on. Plus, he’s such an easy guy to get on with. Then, when we played in Sheffield, that was the final audition, so to speak. He absolutely smashed it.”

The Rising Souls will unveil new guitarist Ciaran Hanratty to their Scottish fans at their upcoming headline show at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh on 31 May. “This is our first hometown headline show in a year,” Archibald explains,  “and pretty much the only Edinburgh show we have planned for 2019. So it would amazing to see everyone that’s supported the band from the start come down for a great night, and to welcome wee Ciaran properly to The Rising Souls.”

The last remaining tickets for La Belle Angele are still on sale via www.gigsinscotland.com,  however, as with previous shows, are expected to sell out shortly. After this, the band will undertake a few select summer festivals, whilst writing and recording material for their, soon to be announced, new album.

How do you describe The Rising Souls?

Equal parts Soundgarden, Rival Sons, Black Crowes, Queens Of The Stone Age? Well, it’s a start, but probably doesn’t do the band justice. Vintage Rock? Soul? Yes, probably getting closer.

The simple truth is that The Rising Souls are a combination of all of this, and so much more.

Led by the vocal powerhouse of Dave Archibald, The Rising Souls are one of Scotland’s exciting new bands! Their sound is an intoxicating mix of vintage rock and soul with a contemporary twist; Strong and meaty riffs, with intricate flowing grooves, and powerful, soaring vocals!

In the space of 12 short months, The Rising Souls have stamped their authority on the music scene by ensuring that they deliver killer songs, tight musicianship, and with dominating stage presence. With several high-profile festival and support slots already under their belts, and sold out headline shows along the way, now is the right time for The Rising Souls to spread their message further afield.

The Rising Souls Live:

31 May: La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

26 July: Steelhouse Festival, Ebbe Vale, South Wales

25 August: Zephfest, Bournemouth

30 November: Winterstorm Festival, Troon

Plus, more to be announced.

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Scottish rock and soul band The Rising Souls continue their upward trajectory and will be supporting Black Star Riders on their tour this Autumn, as well as playing several gigs and festivals around the U.K. What’s more, the band will be releasing the video for their song ‘Roulette Roulette’.

Edinburgh based, The Rising Souls, are one of the most exciting new bands in the UK! Their sound is a heady blend of vintage rock and soul, given a contemporary twist and edge: strong, meaty riffs, with beautifully-crafted, sinuous grooves, and powerhouse vocals that soar like a falcon! They’ve been described as being forged from equal parts of Soundgarden, Rival Sons, Black Crowes, and Queens of The Stone Age, but even that impressive list of influences doesn’t do the band justice. ‘Vintage Rock & Soul’ might capture something of the band’s strong sound and feel, but you’ll still find original songs that fall outside easy pigeonholes.

The Rising Souls have stamped their mark on the music scene by delivering kick-ass, killer songs, tight musical craft, and commanding stage presence. With several high-profile festivals and support slots already under their belts, and sold-out headline shows along the way, now is the right time for The Rising Souls to spread their wings and carry their gospel further afield.

The Rising Souls are ecstatic to be supporting Black Star Riders on their upcoming tour,” says Dave Archibald (lead singer/songwriter), “The lads are big fans of the band, and we are excited and humbled by this opportunity.

It’s been a monumental year so far for The Rising Souls,” Dave adds, “We’ve headlined the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair and recently sold out the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow. We are also really excited to be playing a set at this year’s Planet Rockstock at Trecco Bay, where we’ll be sharing a stage with some amazing bands!

The Rising Souls are also releasing their video for Roulette Roulette. Directed by Edinburgh-based indie filmmaker, Danny Bonnar, the video sets the song to a underground bare-knuckle boxing match, although the song itself is about cheating, not fighting!

Autumn Tour S

9 September:      Glendiffich Music Festival, Dufftown, Scotland

22 September:    Edinburgh Blues Festival

10 November:    Hard Rock Hell Festival, Prestatyn, North Wales

11 November:    Monstersfest, Inverness

23 – 24 November:           Winterstorm Festival, Troon, Scotland

28 November:    The Tivoli, Buckley (Support to Black Star Riders)

29 November:    The Engine Rooms, Southampton (Support to Black Star Riders)

30 November:    The Assembly, Leamington Spa (Support to Black Star Riders)

2 December:       Planet Rockstock Festival, Trecco Bay, South Wales

3 December:       The Corporation, Sheffield (Support to Black Star Riders)

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The festival’s Eleventh Coming came to pass, but Jonni Davis and his team are already putting together their Glorious Twelfth for 2018.  HRH are thus proud to announce a first salvo of storming acts, chosen by the fans, who’ll be performing amidst the beautiful backdrop of North Wales, at Camp HRH in Pwllheli from 8th -11th November 2018.

The ever-mighty Saxon will be headlining HRH XII. Saxon need no introduction to fans of the genre, who’ll see their iconic logo in their mind’s eye the moment the band gets mentioned. Formed back in ’77, Saxon were at the forefront of the scene, much beloved by fans of Hard Rock Hell. What’s more, Saxon played the very first Hard Rock Hell (the Winter Ball, back in 2007). Having sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, the band also continues to influence later giants of the genre, like Metallica, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, and Pantera, and will be raising the rafters at HRH XII.

Co-headliners  The Dead Daisies are a formidable Australian-American outfit that brings together amazing talent for this collective project. The band has toured worldwide and was the first the first Western rock band to play Cuba after President Obama reopened trade ties with the country. An amazing achievement. Have a cigar, as the saying goes! The Dead Daisies will be bringing their world-famous Live and Loud sound to Hard Rock Hell next year.

Like Saxon, Girlschool played the very first Hard Rock Hell, way back when the world was young. Firm favourites of the HRH crowd, Girlschool have just won the HRH “Angels of Rock” award at the brand-new HRH AWARDS. They’re the longest running all-female rock band IN THE WORLD, and still strong and active after more than 35 years in the business.

Femme Fatale were due to play HRH XI, but weren’t able to do so because some of their guitarists were playing on another project. HRH are delighted to welcome the band to HRH XII. Listing “Loud Guitars, Vodka, Black Boots, Black Eyeliner, & Beer!” as the band’s interests, Femme Fatale will bring all this and more to Camp HRH next year!

Also announced in the very tasty first wave of bands playing the festival are Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Tygers of Pan Tang, Thunderstick, Ryders Creed, The Rising Souls, The Dukes of Bordello, and (appropriately for HRH XII) Renegade Twelve.

N.B. HRH has been busier and more popular than ever, particularly after the triumphant Eleventh Coming (which sold out LAST November). Tickets for HRX XII will sell out FAST, so book early! Ring Fleur on 0203 287 6684 

For further details and ongoing updates, check out www.hardrockhell.com.