About Us


Rant Maggie Rant brings an arsenal of instruments, styles and substance to their shows with versatility and virtuosity. The Stratford, Ontario band's personality shines through as a collective of unique and different artists in their own right, the sum of which create unforgettable moments on stage. For more than a decade this multi-award winning band has consistently roused audiences from coast to coast. 

While Rant Maggie Rant sticks close to the musical roots of Ireland and Scotland, as well as the other 5 Celtic nations and Canada's East Coast traditions, these melodies are usually supported by the band's unique fusion of hand-drumming, dub/jazz bass, soaring vocals, harmonies and folk/blues/rock guitar. 

Traditionalists love their approach as they perform time honoured tunes in a contemporary way with an energy that will make you want to dance and rediscover your roots. With the addition of some not-so-traditional instruments, the African djembe, the Middle Eastern doumbek and Peruvian cajon to compliment the percussive underpinnings driving the rhythm, guitar and bass approach from more contemporary and urban styles - folk, rock, jazz, dub and blues.  Traditional melodies, Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, heartfelt shanties, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes all collide in original and contemporary compositions, often blending together to deliver an intoxicating performance. 

RANT MAGGIE RANT typically performs live as a 5-piece and occasionally engages additional musicians to join the show. 


The band's current lineup is:  

RMR co-founder and leader Lindsay Schindler (fiddle/violin & vocals)

Barry James Payne (guitars, vocals) 

Jennifer Thorpe (vocals, accordion, guitar & keyboard) 

RMR co-founder Rob Larose (drums & percussion)


Guests of Rant Maggie Rant:

Tara Dunphy (vocals, whistles, flute & fiddle)

Paul Gribbon (pipes & whistles) 

Stephan Szczesniak (drums & percussion)

Graham Hargrove (drums & percussion)

Alberto Suarez (drums & percussion)

Jay Rheil (drums & percussion)

Loretto Reid (Irish Flute, whistles, concertina & button accordion)

Dave Nuttall (Irish whistles and wind instruments)

Pat O’Gorman (pipes, Irish flute and whistles)

Rosanna Vito (harp)


Past Members of Rant Maggie Rant:

Steve Clark (electric and upright bass)  

Glen Dias (vocals, recorder, percussion)

Daev Clysdale (flute, whistles, accordion, piano)

Mark Fletcher (small pipes, guitar, whistles, bouzouki)

Keith Ford (guitar, vocals)


Rant Maggie Rant - LATITUDE - RELEASE DATE NOV. 4, 2016

Rant Maggie Rant - S/T (Recorded live at Hugh's Room) - Released independently Sept. 22, 2013

Rant Maggie Rant - Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration - Released independently Nov. 15, 2011

Rant Maggie Rant - World's Edge - Released independently July 20, 2009