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The Rankin Family

A Canadian musical family group from Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

The group has won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards.

The Rankins come from a family of 12, all of whom would entertain the neighbours musically every third weekend as part of a ceilidh.

The first Rankin Family band formed in the 1970s when siblings Geraldine, Genevieve, David, John Morris, and Raylene Rankin began performing at local weddings and dances in Cape Breton. As the older siblings went away to college and university, the younger siblings Jimmy, Cookie and Heather took their places.

These five siblings - Jimmy, John Morris, Cookie, Raylene and Heather - released their own independent cassettes The Rankin Family (1989) and Fare Thee Well Love (1990), featuring original songs and a combination of traditional jigs, reels and Celtic folk songs.

Less than a year later, John Morris Rankin was killed in a car accident in Cape Breton on January 16, 2000.


Jimmy Rankin vocals , guitar
Cookie Rankin vocals
Raylene Rankin vocals
Heather Rankin (1989) vocals

Former membersJohn Morris Rankin (19892000) piano, fiddle.
Geraldine Rankin One of the original founders of the group, Geraldine Coyne (Rankin) died January 10, 2007, the result of a brain aneurysm, at her home in Calgary.
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