RUTH Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada, who is performing at the Milton Theatre on Friday, February 20, with special guests the Mae Trio.
A founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared countless times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right.
Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting.
Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.
In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden.
Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for two Juno Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.
These Wilder Things, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Garden, was released in 2013 to rave reviews.
Once again produced by Travers-Smith, it features guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, and The Wailin’ Jennys.
The release tour included a string of dates opening for Mark Knopfler in Europe, six of which were at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
Ruth continues to tour worldwide with her all-star band in support of the new record.
Ruth has been recognised by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including ‘One Voice’, which has gone on to be a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys.
It has been covered by countless artists and sung in concert halls, churches and schools around the world.
Her song ‘Storm Comin’, from the Jennys’ latest album ‘Bright Morning Stars’, recently won first place in the gospel category at the International Songwriting Competition.
Ruth’s connection to Australia remains strong.
Her Australian parents (father from Melbourne, mother from Perth) moved to Canada in the early 1970s for teaching jobs.
Her brother and two sisters were all born in Canada; however, Ruth was born in Queensland after her family returned to Australia.
The homecoming for Ruth’s parents was short: a change of heart saw them return the family to Canada when Ruth was 6 months old.
Ruth has been back to Australia on many occasions. In fact, it was on one trip back, during which she travelled around the country for a year working, backpacking, and visiting relatives, that she realised music would be her chosen path in life.
Ruth is excited to be returning with her own band for the 2015 tour.
The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.