A video clip from a TV show featuring The Rankin Family singing "Flower Of Scotland." From YouTube.
North Country (1993) maintained the group's status in Canada and led to 4 JUNO AWARDS (including Group of the Year and People's Choice Entertainer of the Year). International touring began in earnest, and the group was well received in England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and America. A limited-edition 5-song release, Grey Dusk of Eve (1995), featured a duet with Liam O'Maonlai of Ireland's Hothouse Flowers. The group's continuing evolution from fiddle-based traditional music to contemporary roots music took another step forward with Endless Seasons (1995), which includes a higher percentage of original songs by John Morris, Cookie and Jimmy Rankin. The greatest hits album, The Rankin Family Collection (1996), was another bestseller.
Raylene left the group in 1998 following the birth of her first child, and after one final album (Uprooted) the Rankins officially called it quits in September 1999. In 2000, they were awarded a Juno for Best Country Group or Duo. Jimmy has launched a solo career, while Heather earned excellent notices for her acting in the Thom Fitzgerald film The Hanging Garden. John Morris Rankin died at age 40 in an automobile accident in Nova Scotia on 16 January 2000.
In 2006, the Rankins reunited with with John Morris' daughter Molly added to the group. They released Reunion in 2007 and did two cross-country tours (2007 and 2009). On 30 September 2012, Raylene died after a long battle with cancer.
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Links to Other Sites
Raylene Rankin, singer in The Rankin Family, dies of cancer
A CTV obituary for Raylene Rankin, a member of the internationally acclaimed Nova Scotia musical group The Rankin Family.
The Rankins - Movin' On
Watch the video for the Rankins' country music song "Movin' On" from the album "Uprooted." From YouTube.
Singer Raylene Rankin dies of cancer
A CBC obituary for Raylene Rankin, member of the acclaimed Celtic-country band The Rankin Family.