MARCEL RUF

acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals

composer

founder of Shellstone

Marcel was born and raised in Basel. He first got in touch with music by hearing the Beatles in the Sixties. He learned the guitar in self-study by using a Beatles songbook. At the age of 15 he started his first schoolbands SKELETON and later RAMSES II. At that time he began to write his first songs. His inspiration never ended and he wrote more than 200 songs till today. From 1973 to 1999 he played in the band DAY OF LEISURE with Leendi van Stipriaan (STIP) and Bruno Straumann (OF TIDES AND TUNES). During this time the trio played a lot of successful gigs nationwide (e.g. twice the final of the Augusta Raurica Jazz-Festival, 2 weeks Tabourettli Basel, Atlantis Basel, etc.). After the break-up he continued his musical activities in bands like BLUE IVY and DON' TELL JULIA. Currently he is  - beside SHELLSTONE - a member of the band ROUGH ENDS DOWN (RED).