Ruth Moody in Review

Basingstoke Observer: The Observer Meets…Canadian Folk Star Ruth Moody

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012.

By Adam Richards

A classically trained singer turned folk artist brings her seductive soprano to the stage in Basingstoke tomorrow.

Ruth Moody, a founding member of chart-topping folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, performs at Anvil Art’s The Forge on Friday night.

The Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist will play songs from her acclaimed solo album, The Garden.

Speaking to the Observer, Ruth said the album let her explore her talents as a songwriter.

“This is my first solo album and it was a chance to explore a different side of myself,” she said. “It is very much an acoustic singer-songwriter album, or whatever you would call it, but it is a lot more introspective than anything I have done before.”

The Australia-born singer grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. Born into a family of teachers she ditched plans to be follow in her parents footsteps while studying English and French literature at the University of Winnipeg and formed Canadian roots band The Duhks, and later the Jenny’s in 2002.

In 2004 she was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, and shortlisted for the 2005 International Songwriting Competition for One Voice, a signature hit for the Wailin’ Jennys.

Following a temporary break from the Juno Award-winning outfit, the 35-year-old released The Garden in April 2010 to critical acclaim.

Kicking off her UK tour in Warwick earlier this month, Ruth said she was excited to be hitting the road.

“I love touring and I am starting to love it more and more,” she said. “It is hard work, there is not a lot that’s glamorous but I love connecting with audiences through music.”

Tickets for Ruth Moody at The Forge start at £13. For more information visit www.anvilarts.org.uk