Ruth Moody in Review

Music Muso – UK/Ireland Tour and Album Release

Posted on Sunday, December 18th, 2011.

Ruth Moody Announces UK/Ireland Tour Dates for Jan/Feb 2012 Steve Muscutt for www.musicmuso.com

Ruth Moody’s debut solo album The Garden is released January 16 on Red House Records

The Garden is the first full-length solo album from Ruth Moody. A founding member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, she has long been recognized for her captivating voice, superb musicianship and impressive songwriting. Ruth displays all this and more on this stunning, highly anticipated release.

“Gardens, like the seasons, are symbols of life and its cycles.” Ruth says. “They have always been magical places for me–where the tiniest seeds are planted and grow into beautiful expressions of life.”

Appropriately, the album opens with ‘The Garden’, which refers to an awakening, according to Ruth. “It was inspired by a theme from Voltaire’s Candide – the idea that we must work on our garden and make our little corner of the world beautiful, in whatever way we can.” Performed on the banjo and layered with lush strings and harmonies, this is the perfect introduction to Ruth’s rich and vibrant collection of songs.

Stretching beyond traditional acoustic sounds, the record uses organ, horns and pedal steel to create radio-friendly pop tunes like ‘Travellin’ Shoes’ and ‘Closer Now’, in addition to more spare tracks like the traditionally-inspired ‘Nest’, the sensual ‘Cold Outside’ and the poignant ‘Never Said Goodbye’. An unexpected treat is the sweet and catchy duet ‘We Can Only Listen’, co-written with Matt Peters of The Waking Eyes. In addition to Peters, Ruth is joined by an all-star musical cast that includes neo-bluegrass band Crooked Still, Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, k.d. lang), Luke Doucet, and a guest appearance by The Wailin’ Jennys. Sure to be a hit with Americana and folk fans, Ruth’s verdant garden of songs is a breath of fresh air.

Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. A founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk (the band that would later become The Duhks), she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically- acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the internationally renowned radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism (she plays guitar, banjo, accordion, piano, and bodhrán), and her talent as a songwriter.

Ruth was a finalist in the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition for her song ‘One Voice’, which has become a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys.

Ruth’s debut solo album The Garden received rave reviews in Canada & the US and was nominated for a Juno award for roots & traditional album of the year (solo) while the album’s title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio. The album was produced by Juno nominee David Travers-Smith and features an all-star cast including neo-bluegrass band Crooked Still, Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, k.d. lang), Luke Doucet, and a guest appearance by The Wailin’ Jennys.

Ruth Moody ∙ UK/Ireland Tour ∙ January-February 2012

January Friday 13th Warwick The Bridge House Theatre 01926 776437 / www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk £10, 7.30pm

Saturday 14th Salisbury Salisbury Arts Centre 01722 321744 / www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk £10, 8pm

Sunday 15th Shrewsbury The Hive 01743 234970 / www.shrewsburyfolkevents.co.uk £12, 7pm

Tuesday 17th Amberley Amberley Acoustic Night @ The Black Horse West Sussex 01403 711459 / www.amberleyacousticmusicclub.com £TBC, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18th Bristol St. Bonaventure’s Club 0870 4444 400 / www.crhmusic.com £12, 7.30pm

Thursday 19th Swansea The Chattery 01792 473276 / http://homepage.ntlworld.com/thechattery £TBC, 7.30pm

Friday 20th Basingstoke The Forge @ The Anvil 01256 844244 / www.anvilarts.org.uk £13, 7.45pm

Saturday 21st Tingewick Tingewick Village Hall Nr. Buckingham 01296 748268 / www.empty-rooms.com £13, 7.30pm

Sunday 22nd Twickenham TwickFolk @ The Cabbage Patch 020 8991 5461 / www.Twickfolk.co.uk £10, 8pm

Wednesday 25th Durisdeer Private House Concert Dumfriesshire

Thursday 26th Sheffield The Greystones 0114 266 5599 / www.boohoomusic.co.uk £12, 8pm

Friday 27th Newcastle The Cluny 2 0191 230 4474 / www.jumpinhot.com £12, 7.30pm

Saturday 28th Belfast The Black Box Out To Lunch Festival NB. Afternoon Show 028 9024 6609 / www.cqaf.com £6, 2pm

Sunday 29th Sligo Hawk’s Well Theatre Ireland 00 353 (0) 71 916 1518 / www.hawkswell.com €TBC, 8pm

Monday 30th Rathfriland The Brontë Centre N. Ireland 028 40623322 / www.brontemusicclub.com £TBC, 8.30pm February Celtic Connections: Transatlantic Sessions Tour With Raul Malo, Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson & more

Thursday 2nd Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000 / www.celticconnections.com £28/£25, 7.30pm

Friday 3rd Lerwick Clickimin Centre Shetland £TBC, TBCpm

Sunday 5th Glasgow Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000 / www.celticconnections.com £28/£25, 7.30pm

Monday 6th London Royal Festival Hall 0844 875 0073 / www.southbankcentre.co.uk £25/£22.50/£18, 8pm

Tuesday 7th Dublin The Convention Centre Dublin 0818 719377 / www.theccd.ie €40.20/€42.20, 8pm

Wednesday 8th Birmingham Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333 / www.thsh.co.uk £22.50, 7.30pm

Thursday 9th Gateshead The Sage Gateshead, Hall One 0191 443 4661 / www.thesagegateshead.org £22.50/£19.50/£7.50, 7.30pm

Praise for The Garden

“a delightful, subtle, and restrained effort by Ruth Moody, not so much surprising as it is delicious and refreshing, recommended to her fans and those who enjoy the Jennys collective.” All Music Guide

“a perfect collection of polished, graceful Americana.” Exclaim!

“Her seductive soprano is pure joy, an irresistible force of nature that comes so effortlessly that it must be a gift from the gods.” The Huffington Post

“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.” Penguin Eggs

“The Garden offers a bountiful harvest indeed.” Winnipeg Free Press