As a founding member of the The Duhks and the Wailin’ Jennies, Winnipeg’s Ruth Moody has already put together a 13-year career that most musicians should envy. Although being a member of a successful group is very satisfying, it is an entirely different matter putting yourself on the line alone to face criticism or compliments. Well, Moody has taken that giant step with her first solo release. And from here on in it is kudos that she’ll harvest from The Garden. The project showcases the voice she was blessed with, a voice that can be well associated with her family name.
It is a moody and wonderful collection of songs that Ruth can be very proud of. Although it is her project, she has a long list of guest artists helping weed, fertilize and making this garden grow, including the Jennies, former Duhks, Luke Doucet, Oh Susanna and Matt Peters, who does a wonderful duet with Ruth on their co-written song We Can Only Listen.
All in all, Moody has done a wonderful job on The Garden – a superb solo project from one of Canada’s premier musicians. Long may she continue gardening as we reap the benefits of her bounty.
– Les Siemieniuk