April 6, 2013
I have a quick update on presale information and release dates for These Wilder Things. It comes out digitally on April 9th, worldwide. Physical release dates are as follows: April 23rd in Canada, May 7 in the US and May 21 in Europe and Australia. You can stream the first three songs from the album here.
March 22, 2013
February 20, 2013
Hi Folks! Folk Alliance starts tomorrow here in Toronto and it’s going to be madness! Looking forward to catching up with many friends, old and new.
I’m almost finished making this record, and I promise to tell you all about it soon! In the meantime, new dates have just been posted for our European tour, with more on the way. You can check those out here.
Also, my dear friend and bandmate Heather Masse released a brand new record last week, you can find out about it here!
Thanks all! More after the weekend!
February 8, 2013
We had a great time in Virginia, and now I’m back in Toronto, finishing up the record. I’m starting to be able to see it as a whole and getting pretty excited about it! David is doing an amazing job, as always. I’m very happy to be releasing it on True North Records in Canada, Europe and Australia, and on Red House Records in the US. Release date to be announced soon.
We’ll be posting a whole slew of tour-dates shortly (Western Canada, USA, and Europe), so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here is a picture of me and the wonderful Bruce Hornsby from the weekend. I had the honour of singing on a track with him while I was in Williamsburg, for a project that shall remain nameless for now. It was a lot of fun. That’s Bruce Hornsby’s piano!
I’m looking forward to seeing you all out on the road. Until then, breathe deeply and go for walks. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway!
December 22, 2012
Happy Solstice everyone!
It has been a very full year! I am so grateful for the amazing experiences I’ve had and for all your support. It has been a time of growth and creative development. I am well on my way to completing a brand new recording and am feeling both positive and inspired. I so look forward to sharing it with you in the new year and hopefully seeing you in person.
To our American friends whose lives have recently been touched by tragedy I send wishes for peace, strength and better times.
Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season!
September 4, 2012
Some exciting news!
I had the honour of singing on the great Mark Knopfler’s record earlier this year, which comes out tomorrow! It is a double album, called Privateering. I sang on four songs and it was an absolute thrill to be involved. Find out more about this stunning album here.
Also studio related, I started work on my new solo record last week. The boys and I went into the studio for an initial three days with David Travers-Smith, here in Toronto, and recorded a bunch of songs. I’m so excited to be recording again, it is one of my favourite things to do and somehow September always feels like the right time…
We’ll be mostly taking a break from the road this fall but we do have four shows out in the Midwest in October: Minneapolis, Chicago, Stoughton, Wi, and Lake City, Mn. Hope you can join us. Find out more information on these shows here.
Hope you’re all enjoying these golden embers of summer!
March 25, 2012
Good people of Winnipeg, and other places too…
It has been spring, summer, and now winter again all in the space of one week but I love this town to pieces and I am so happy to have been home, even for a little while.
On Thursday I leave for Ottawa to meet up and SING with the girls at the Junos! I can’t wait – Nicky, Heather and I have not sung together since September! It’s gonna be so great.
Before I go I am singing with Rose Cousins at the West End Cultural Centre on Wednesday night for her CD release – can’t wait for this either. And I think JP Hoe will be there too and my good friend Austin Nevins…how could this be better??
Not only that but Rose’s new record – We Have Made a Spark – is seriously breaking my heart (in the best possible way). Go out and get it.
Also in my player – Declan O’Rourke‘s CD Mag Pai Zai. Beautiful singersongwriter from Ireland… And lingering in my brain – Half Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan. Exquisite novel by a great writer from Victoria.
More from me soon. Love and happy Seasons, Ruth
January 13, 2012
We all arrived in one piece, and none of our instruments were lost OR broken. Whooo!
By the time everyone was assembled and ready to go, with all needs met and mini-errands taken care of, we had spent more than five hours in Heathrow Airport. Parking: 30£.
My favourite moment of today: When Sam asked Dave, the car rental drop-off man, if there was somewhere quiet near Heathrow where we might be able to practice driving on the other side of the road. Sam Howard, bringing a little bit of Portlandia to London….
The sun was setting by the time we left, which was strange, given that it had already felt strange for it to be morning when we arrived (when it was really the middle of the night.) Full days, evaporating into thin air.
By some stroke of luck Gerry from Twickfolk in Twickenham saw our desperate amp plea via twitter and came to meet us with not only an amp for us to borrow but a ukulele – the two things that we weren’t able to bring on this trip. The latter of which I wish I could have because she is all fixed up and ringing like new after receiving a heart-breaking injury on our flight to Roanoke last tour. But luggage space was limited on this trip. Thank you Gerry for bringing us a loaner!!!
Adam drove like a pro, honorary Australian that he is, and got us to Warwick (with the help of co-navvy Adrian), where we are now nestled into slightly lumpy and lopsided but heavenly beds, with our newly acquired dongles, (that’s right, dongles), and our bellies full of curry.
Tomorrow the real tour begins. Sam and I were laughing about the fact that you can go for whole days learning to navigate new cities/countries and trying to find rental equipment locations and taking care of little things like transferring money into different currencies and learning about dongles and trying to track down items you’ve already lost on the first day (tea-thermos – left on plane – owner shall remain nameless) and buy things you forgot to pack (plug adapter) etc etc….and it can feel at the end of the day like your actual job is to run or drive around and run these kinds of errands, forever. And then you think to yourself – ‘Wait…we’re actually here to play music!’ And that feels like a strange and wonderful concept.
We are excited to play some music tomorrow.
Now for some sleep….
January 9, 2012
So it is 2012!
I am in Victoria, BC, where it has been grey and rainy for two and a half weeks. And on Wednesday I’m going to England. Obviously I did not plan that one so well.
I’m house-sitting for my parents while they are away. They have a fireplace, and a blender, and a washing machine five feet from the bedroom door. Things that seem so novel when you’ve been on the road for two months. The ‘recorder’ that tapes their favourite TV shows (I almost wrote VCR – that’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a TV in my life) comes on every night at random times and makes a low whirring sound that reminds me so vividly of my dad mowing the grass in the summer, near Tolstoi, Manitoba, and it makes me long for the smell of that grass and for garden carrots and prairie sun.
I am staying in tonight. Loading british maps on to my GPS. Hemming a dress. Recording a couple of new songs to send to the boys for the tour….I’m a little late in the game on this but they are fast. Wrapping up the fall tour in various ways on my laptop. Trying to make sense of some tax forms I have been avoiding for two months (at least that’s my plan, but I can guarantee it’s the last thing I will look at and I might just go to sleep before i get around to it.) Portioning out hemp seeds, spirulina, and vitamin D capsules for the tour.
I long for an extended period of time to play and write music…I can feel things brewing and want to record again soon but I haven’t had a lot of time to tend to these creative stirrings. I almost feel afraid of them. But I am glad they are persistent and have not given up on me. The administration side of running your own business can take over everything. It’s very rewarding as an artist to have a hand in all aspects of what you do, but that particular aspect tends to become almost all of what you do. Perhaps there is such a thing as being too thorough. Maybe every decision need not be considered quite so carefully. For as careful as you might be, you might still end up planning your schedule in such a way that you don’t see the sun for seven weeks.
I am so thrilled to be going to the UK though. I haven’t been since 2008. The boys are excited too – It’s Sam’s first time. And Ireland! It will be quick, but we are going. Our show in Sligo will mark my first time ever playing in Ireland. I am especially thrilled to be joining the Celtic Connections Transatlantic Sessions tour in February. Many of the musicians on the tour are heros of mine, in some form or another – people who are partly responsible for why I write songs and sing traditional music in the first place. ??!! It’s a huge honour, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Happy New Year, everyone. See you on the road, very soon…
December 24, 2011
Just a quick note to wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season.
I am home and in one place now for 3 weeks – I can hardly believe it!
A Celtic Christmas Sojourn was amazing – I had so much fun being a part of it. We did 12 shows in 10 days around the New England area. Thanks to Brian O’Donovan and everyone involved for making it such a memorable experience, and thanks for all your kind messages about the show.
Many exciting things coming up next year which I will tell you all about soon…but for now, a couple of days of rest.
Thanks again for all your support this past year, I am tremendously grateful. Wishing everyone all the best over the Holidays and in the coming year!
photo by Whit Wales
October 26, 2011
I am running around in frantic disbelief that I am leaving on tour tomorrow…I’m still recovering from the WCMAs! What a great time we had in beautiful Whitehorse. I met some amazing folks and caught up with a lot of old friends. It was so much fun to sing with the Sojouners, Jim Byrnes and Steve Dawson (not to mention their amazing band). I was so proud and honoured to accept the award for best roots album (group) for the Jennys. I only wish Nicky and Heather had been there with me. Congrats to my friends and fellow Manitobans – Del Barber, Trio Bembe, Don Amero, Ridley Bent, Romi Mayes and Imaginary Cities and for their wins also. It was a huge night for Manitoba and an amazing weekend all around. Now – I will accomplish as much as I possibly can in the next 24 hours, and try to accept that I won’t be able to do it all. Hopefully it will all come together once we hit the road and find that old familiar rhythm….. Portland, here we come!
October 8, 2011
Hi everyone, It is fall again…that time of year when it seems everything gets turned around on its end and somehow we have to find a way to refocus and redouble our efforts. And we always find a way. Is it the hunting and gathering instinct? Is it because we know winter is coming and pretty soon our hours of daylight will be limited and our limbs will not move as quickly as they once did, so naturally and effortlessly under the sun?
I love this time of year, probably because my work instincts are stronger than my play instincts, and so I find it a comfortable place to set up shop. We have similar spirits, autumn and I. I have to admit – in the summer I find myself struggling to figure out how to be more leisurely, feeling guilty for not working harder at doing nothing. In October, with its slight chill in the air and its subtle sense of urgency, and the leaves turning again because that’s just what they do, I look out the window and I feel at home.
The Jennys have had a fantastic year of touring since releasing Bright Morning Stars! Now we are taking a break from the road for a little while. Last time we did this it was great for everyone to reconnect with different parts of life and we came back renewed and refreshed. Our goals this time are similar. Now I’m hitting the road with my own band again, which defeats the purpose of taking a break, I know, but as I explained, I’m better when I’m working. And I’m really excited about the coming months. I’ll be touring through Washington, Oregon, California, Alberta, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. This will be my first solo tour in the US, so I hope to see many of you out on the road. I’ll have some really exceptional musicians with me and we’ll be performing songs from The Garden, as well as some brand new songs, some Jennys favourites, and some new covers that have been fun to work up. I’ll also be joining A Christmas Celtic Sojourn for eight shows in New England in December. In January I’ll be heading to the UK, with more US and Canadian dates throughout late winter and spring 2012. It’s going to be a busy few months!
Check out some new developments on the site: we have new videos up, new photos, and new items for purchase. And more coming. I will be checking in much more frequently from the road as well, so stay tuned and thanks so much, as always, for your support!
August 30, 2010
It’s great to be home after a crazy, hectic summer. I love the fall – it always feels like a time for reflection, renewal, and fresh starts. I’m looking forward to some downtime. Then again, it won’t really be downtime – I’ll be planning my November Canadian tour and we’ll be finishing mixing the Jennys album. Who am I kidding – it’s going to be nuts starting in less than a week, so I’m going to enjoy getting out to the park while I can…
The Garden has been getting lots of radio-play and great reviews! I am extremely grateful to all those who have shown this record so much support and for all the encouraging feedback. Thank you!
Now that I’m home I’ll be better at keeping in touch and keeping you all up to date on what’s going on. So stay tuned!
P.S My bandmate Heather Masse is on tour in New England soon – make sure you check out one of her shows if you can. I sure wish I could!
July 10, 2010
We’re excited to be launching the site in conjunction with Ruth’s brand new album.
We’ll be adding new shows, journal entries, photos and videos all the time, so please check back often. Feel free to sign up to the mailing list if you want to hear Ruth’s news (don’t worry, we won’t bombard you).