Ruth Moody in Review

The Telegraph – Ruth Moody: The Garden, CD Review

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012.

By Milton Chilton

Ruth Moody’s first album The Garden has a wonderful title track – and she guests on the new Madison Violet CD The Good In Goodbye.

Ruth Moody starts her first full-length solo album with the title track The Garden and it is a delicate delight. Moody says it was Inspired by a theme from Voltaire’s Candide – the belief that we must all work on our ‘garden’ and make our small part of the world beautiful – and she turns the idea into an engaging song. It has a Crooked Still feel to it (unsurprisingly, because Aoife O’Donovan and her classy band are backing musicians on the track) and showcases the expert mandolin playing of Kevin Breit.

Moody, who was born in Australia and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, is a Juno award-winning songwriter and has gone solo after a distinguished career with folk group The Wailin’ Jennys. She will be appearing as part of the Transatlantic Sessions in Britain next month. The Garden features a polished set of songs and Moody’s soprano voice and musicianship shine through particularly well on Winter Waltz. There is also a duet with Matt Peters of Waking Eyes on We Can Only Listen.

Moody also has a guest vocal part on a zippy and likeable hoedown song called Cindy Cindy on the latest release from Canadian duet Madison Violet called The Good In Goodbye.