The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse is an alternative indie-folk / americana artist from the Scottish Highlands. Brought up on bluegrass, hip hop and punk with influences such as Beck, Violent Femmes, O’Death and Hank Williams.
Besides your usual hoedowns and such, live appearances have included a one-day nine-stop tour of Glasgow, UK, a roadside attraction tour in the US and several spontaneous pop-up shows spanning parts of the UK, Canada and Europe. Ramisco performed at the BBC Pacific Quay studio in 2012 for BBC Alba’s RAPAL TV show which aired on April 25th 2013. His song, Seas Air Do Chorra-Bhiod was named, “Gaelic Song of the Year 2012” by said TV show. In Sept 2014, Ramisco was shortlisted and performed at The 100 Club in London as part of the Living Indie TV Road to Santa Maria final, the show was broadcast live on Living Indie TV.
Ramisco has been podcasted, blogcasted and broadcasted in several time zones, including the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, The Tom Robinson Show, The BBC Introducing Mixtape, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio, Netsounds Unsigned, The Roddy Hart Show, Jim Gellatly, The Front Porch, The Waiting Room Radio Show, Kowalskiy Scottish Music Blog, KA Radio, Insomnia Radio, Last Year’s Girl, Idiosyncratic Transmissions, Ralph’s Indie Mix Show, Radio Kaos Caribou, The Justin Wayne Show, Air3Radio, MESi Radio, Houdi Don’t Blog, Jungle Indie Rock Blog, Nicorolla Musikblog, The Dadada, Scots Whay Hae, Curious Joe, Three From Leith and so on.
Most notably, Danger Danger was picked as a Fresh Fav on Tom Robinson’s website Fresh On The Net on April 1st 2013 and was later play-listed on the BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music; The Shrinkin’ Railroad Shtomp was played by Baylen Leonard on his show, The Front Porch which was broadcast on Nov 9th 2013; And Ramisco performed an acoustic version of Under the Sky for Traxx Radio’s Top 50 of 2013 which was broadcast on the 2nd of Feb 2014. More recently, Tom Robinson play-listed Under the Sky on the BBC Introducing Mixtape (Sept 15th 2014), played it on The Tom Robinson Show (Sept 20th 2014) and featured it in the BBC Introducing ‘Best of 2014’ Mixtape (Dec 28th 2014).
On Aug 23rd 2015, Ramisco debuted And We Will Dance on Jim Gellatly's Amazing Radio show, which was played again on Sept 6th 2015, later featured on Radio Kaos Caribou (Aug 27th 2015), play-listed for The First 45 on Sine FM (Sept 4th 2015), and played on The Roddy Hart Show on BBC Radio Scotland (Sept 14th 2015). Holy Barnacles was debuted on Baylen Leonard's Amazing Radio show, The Front Porch (Sept 5th 2015).
Radio Kaos Caribou broadcasted an exclusive 2-hour audio biography of The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse on Sept 30th 2015, it was named the Hoofography and can be heard below:
The indie music blog, Ralph’s Life interviewed Ramisco to coincide with the broadcast of the Hoofography on Radio Kaos Caribou, the interview received over 3000 hits during the initial broadcast of the show.
Ramisco’s 4th record, Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata, was released on Nov 13th, 2015 and received a healty amount of praise including this write-up in the JockNRoll music blog.
June 8th 2016 marked the release of Ramisco’s first 7” single, And We Will Dance, which was a very limited run featuring two different hand coloured designs featuring, Holy Barnacles, on the b-side. The single sold out within the day.
The following day Ramisco threw down a special one-man-band performance at the Pentahotel in Inverness as part of the XpoNorth creative industries festival. Besides the usual banjo and guitar, his setup included a kids kick drum, cymbal and tambourine fitted with homemade trigger pads which were connected to an Alesis I/O trigger module, an Akai XR20 drum machine and a Yamaha SU10 sampler.
And as one of the artists on the XpoNorth lineup, the Buzz Project kindly invited Ramisco to perform a song on their recording studio bus, the result of the session can be found on YouTube.
Ramisco was booked for the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on August 5th 2016 and to support Chuck Mosley (Faith No More / Bad Brains) on September 25th 2016, however, due to ill health Ramisco was forced to cancel these gigs.
After a brief hiatus, Ramisco returned to performing music and supported Jeffrey Lewis and The Burning Hell at the Lochcarron Treehouse on September 9th, 2017. Fun fact: Ramisco helped build the Lochcarron Treehouse in 2011 alongside The Great Treehouse Challenge team and other local volunteers.
Due to continued ill health, resulting in a 2nd brain surgery in late 2019, Ramisco decided to hibernate all live shows while continuing to work on music from home.
On March 22, 2020, despite still spending most of his days horizontal, Ramisco announced the release of a new song he wrote about the coronapocalypse. How To Survive The Coronapocalypse And Not Eat Your Friends is set for release on March 27th, 2020 as a free download.
Releases to date include One Zero One Zero One Zero (2010), Fajita’s Basement (2011), Squawk! (2013), Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata (2015) and How To Survive The Coronapocalypse And Not Eat Your Friends (2020).