One-third of the excellent roots/folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody now steps out on her own with The Garden, a beautiful and intimate collection of twelve modern acoustic Americana songs.
While her voice is well known to many from the trio, this album is a real showcase for her as a multi-instrumentalist as she provides acoustic guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and accordion throughout the album. But this is by no means a one-woman show as she calls upon the talents of some of the finest North American artists around including the whole of Crooked Still, Luke Doucet, Christian Dugas (The Duhks) and many more. This quality throughout has given this album a real touch of magic as in addition to her fantastic vocals there are spectacular performances at every turn.
As one part of a trio, she stands out as a real talent, but as a solo artist this is an exceptional album by any standards and the quality of performances and arrangements are superb throughout. Not to be missed.