Music video: Jacobean Ruff

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A young folk-pop group from east Leeds, Jacobean Ruff formed at the end of 2011.

United by similar tastes in music – Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Laura Marling and Bon Iver – they aimed to “pull together older folk and country sounds with the newer techniques of the bands we love”.

Jacobean Ruff

Jacobean Ruff

The four-piece – who comprise Aaron Collins-Wood on bass and mandolin, Sophie Elmieh on backing vocals, Sophie Pearson on lead vocals, guitar and piano, and Jed Timms on guitar and violin – have gigged widely across Leeds at venues such as Oporto, Nation of Shopkeepers and the Brudenell Social Club as well as Beacons and Garforth festivals and have had songs played on BBC Radio Leeds and York and 6Music.

They reached their largest audience so far when their track Family was played on BBC Radio 1.

To date, the band have released three singles; their new EP, Returning To Me, is now available from

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