Rattletrap Ruckus is a rollicking four-piece instrumental band from Bellingham, WA. We play fiddle tunes, ragtime, tango, paso dobles, various breeds of waltz, klezmer, norteño, polkas, and oh so much more.
"Rattletrap Ruckus is the perfect metaphorical band name for this outfit – a bone-shaking jalopy transporting a boisterous rumpus riot through European streets, Jewish strongholds, dusty Spanish courts, and Argentinian avenues. But don’t let the free-for-all circus fool you. These are seriously mature players offering a cavalcade of melodic choreography ample enough to pin your ears back. Because of their one-of-a-kind orchestration (button accordion, tenor banjo, cello, and “laundrophone” bass), it’s tempting to slot them as a novelty band, except their superb musicianship and exquisite arrangements trump any such casual conclusion. You’ll often hear the cello and bass doubling each other, an octave apart (taking a page from the Mariachi handbook), urging the banjo and accordion to dazzling and inspired heights. We’re in an age when everyone’s doing everything that’s ever been done. But nobody sounds like Rattletrap Ruckus."
Peter McCracken, director of Voice Works and Fiddle Tunes
"Rattletrap Ruckus has been the soundtrack of my year. There's just no avoiding joy and good times while listening to this old-timey-polka-tango-folk band churning out upbeat tunes that your grandma and grandson would love dancing to at the same time."
Bellydance legend Rachel Brice
Rattletrap Ruckus is a four-piece instrumental band that formed in Bellingham, WA in 2010. Multi-instrumentalist Lucas Hicks was eager to get some practice in on his latest and greatest instrument, the chromatic button accordion, and hoped a band would help him achieve that goal. He found cellist Clea Taylor through mutual friends and pulled her away from her Irish music habit to join the group. Washtub bassist Jenny Rose Lara was a decidedly necessary addition to the group with her resonant low end and her rock steady rhythm. Casey Connor, a local singer/songwriter, stepped up to the plate and offered to play tenor banjo.
With the band assembled they did a lot of practicing, and played a lot of shows, including the Subdued Stringband Jamboree 2012 and 2013 and the Port Townsend Fiddle Tunes Festival in 2013. In September, 2013 they went on a two week tour of South-East Alaska, during which they performed an entire arranged soundtrack to the silent film The Black Pirate. In 2013 they also recorded their first album, Redlight Rag.