The Racoons is a Russian band playing Celtic folk-rock. Arranging traditional Irish and Breton music (not only!) the band makes a strange brew of folk, reggae, jazz-rock and a bit of the Swinging Sixties. In the beginning of its career the band covered The Beatles, the Stones and The Who. Following the example of folk-stars of the 70-s, such as Tri Yann, Fairport Convention etc., the band combines rock instruments - electric guitars, drums, bass, - with mandolin, fiddle and Irish tin whistle. The Racoons sing in different languages (English, Russian, French, German) believing meanwhile, that music and the mood produced by it mean more than words. The Racoons appreciate good sense of humor and - being true Russians - good booze. In their opinion, alcohol and music - these are the two things, which lie at the heart of European folk culture.

The Racoons live in Nizhny Novgorod, the big city on the bank of the Volga, 400 km to the East of Moscow. Founded in 1997, since 2002 the group has been presenting itself at the folk stage of Russia. The band is popular with Celtic folk lovers in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Racoons take part in folk festivals and popularize folk music in their native town.

The Racoons believe that music has no borders either in time, or in space. This explains the existence of a Russian band playing Celtic music with guitars from the Beatles era.

Mikhail "Mike" Sautkin - guitar, tin whistle, vocals
Anton Guriev - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Marina Vishnyakova - fiddle
Alexey Sheyanov - bass
Alexander Okhlopkov - guitar, banjo
Arthur Parfenov - drums


"Favourites" (11 tracks, 2000)
"Ticket to Dublin" (9 tracks, 2002)
"Home Boys Home" Live (14 tracks, 2004)
"The New Year's" (3 tracks, 2006)
"Pêche aux moules"
(11 tracks,2008)

More info:


"Peche aux moules" is available from Jamendo. Click above on the title.

The rest of the discography can be downloaded from their website (Track by track), but I have put every album at mediafire. Click above on the title of the album.



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