Tiger Mountain Ramble returns to Taipei

An annual Taipei tradition for the local music scene held each December, the Ramble will celebrate its fifth anniversary this coming Saturday, Dec. 8

Muddy Basin Ramblers with Jett Edwards and Steve Gardner at the Ramble 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tiger Mountain Ramble)

Muddy Basin Ramblers with Jett Edwards and Steve Gardner at the Ramble 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Tiger Mountain Ramble)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tiger Mountain Ramble, the annual event and local music tradition is back again this weekend for another day of music, food, friends, and fun.

A year after the 2017 Tiger Mountain Ramble, and the incredibly successful Urban Nomad Festival, the Ramble is returning for its 5th year this Saturday, Dec. 8.

Starting in 2014, the Tiger Mountain Ramble has grown into something of a tradition for the local and international music scene in Taiwan. It offers folks a family friendly venue, and a chance to enjoy each other’s’ company along with an eclectic mix of music every year, ahead of the December holidays.

One of the organizers, Sean Scanlan, says of the festival, “it's not a concert in the official sense of the word, but a ‘ramble’ which is a loose group of friends coming together to play music. All the bands are friends.”

The circle of musicians can all be traced back to Taipei’s own southern folk and Americana super-group “Muddy Basin Ramblers,” who will be on stage this Saturday to serve up a fine blend of Louisiana and Mississippi bayou inspired folky goodness.

(Photo Courtesy of Tiger Mountain Ramble)

Tiger Mountain boasts a very cool music venue nestled in the greenery on the northeastern edge of Taipei City, and the Ramble has been called one of the best music festivals in Taiwan.

It is a venue unlike any other for fact that the grounds formerly belonged to a mountain temple, which was abandoned for years, until being re-purposed for outdoor music events.

Band Crocodelia performing at the indoor Temple Stage (Photo Courtesy of Tiger Mountain Ramble)

In addition to the Ramblers, some other artists to look forward to are Djang San (張思安), “a French musician who uses traditional Chinese instruments to make his own unique blend of folk, rock, and jazz,” as well as Balkazar, Taipei’s local masters of Balkan-inspired funk and ska.

Wrapping up the evening will be the Japanese band, Kinemas, who play a nice blend of light rock, reggae, and funk.

Ultimately, the Ramble is an event that promotes friendship through music, says Scanlan.

“When musicians play together they become friends for life, and the same is true when volunteers work together picking up garbage or lifting speakers. Music is a gift, and we are giving it to the people.”

Advance tickets for the Ramble are NT$500, or NT$600 at the gate. To see a full list of bands, DJs, vendors, and a line-up schedule, check the official Tiger Mountain Ramble Facebook page.