Black Box, Belfast
Bronte Centre, Rathfriland
Monday, January 30, 8.45pm
Ahead of a series of performances at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival next week, including The Transatlantic Sessions, this singer/songwriter plays two local gigs as part of a UK -amp; Ireland tour to coincide with the release of her debut solo album, The Garden.
The album, released here on Monday, received rave reviews in Canada and America and was nominated for a Juno award for Roots -amp; Traditional Album of the Year (Solo) while the title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.
A founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, and former lead singer of the Canadian Celtic/roots band Scruj MacDuhk, Australian-born Ruth - who grew up on the Canadian prairies - has performed in sold out venues around the world and has made numerous critically-acclaimed albums.
Although best known for her work with The Jennys, she is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and her talent as a songwriter.
Sure to be a hit with Americana and folk fans, Ruth's new album, like the lady herself, is a breath of fresh air.
For tickets visit www.cqaf.com (tel: 9024 6609) or the Tourist Information Office in Banbridge, tic@ banbridge.gov.uk (tel: 4062 3322).