– Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3
Ruth’s debut solo album Sheear (‘Westward’), featuring traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, is due for release in February 2014. The album is largely centred around voice, guitar and double bass and will be toured by Ruth’s trio comprising herself, David Pearce and Vanessa McWilliam. The trio share a love for and dedication to traditional Manx music and songs, and deliver dynamic, engaging performances imbued with the joy of making music together.
Ruth is a native of the Isle of Man and has been heavily involved in the Manx music scene for a number of years. She studied voice with Amanda Crawley at the University of York, where she gained a first class degree in music. She also studied Gàidhlig song with Margaret Bennett at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ruth has performed as a soloist at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2012, where she was honoured to open the renowned Nuits Interceltiques to audiences of over 10,000 spectators. She is involved in an on-going musical collaboration with Norwegian musicians Margit Myhr and Erlend Apneseth and Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister from Barrule. The group recorded their unique mix of Manx-Norwegian music in November 2013.