RUTH THEODORE: Known for her quirky, insightful, poetic lyrics and insidious melodies, Ruth Theodore is so much more than a singer-songwriter. Her use of unconventional guitar techniques and unique tunings has thrilled listeners and dumbfounded peers since the release of her 2007 debut, ‘Worm Food’. This gig celebrates the launch of Ruth’s fourth solo album, ‘Cactacus’, which will be released in September ’16 on Aveline Records. The recording sessions saw Ruth crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with Todd Sickafoose, who is best known for his work with Ani DiFranco and recently produced two award-winning albums for Anais Mitchell.
As Todd himself notes… “Ruth writes alternative folk and blues music but at heart she is a pure punk San Franciscan beat poet“.
“Extraordinary” – The Guardian ★★★★
“Truly original…” “Her new album’s a killer” – fRoots
“Occasionally recalling Kate Bush and Ani DiFranco, this is a beautiful, sad, wonderful LP.” **** – Mojo
“… [an] impressive ability to excite audiences with her truly original, fascinating and thoroughly entertaining music….. a wealth of poetry, satire and pure, natural artistry. ‘Cactacus’ is a wonderful, captivating album.” – Folk Radio UK
“She has a delicious turn of phrase… and there is an album full of her brainy quirkiness, so listen closely!” – Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3.
“…a beautiful voice, backed it up with amazingly accomplished guitar skills, songs of substance…” “…[her] lyrics are Dylanesque in scope and skill” – Red Guitar Music
“Confident, assured and truly unique” – FATEA
“…intelligently written…poetic lyrics” “…amazing voice” – Rocking Magpie
“Britain’s answer to Ani DiFranco” – Red Guitar Music
“…songs that are full of vitality. Quirky lyrics tumble out of her in a torrent, with angular melodies and inventive settings… an excellent album of invigorating freshness and originality.” – Country Music People
“Songs so quirky and unexpected that it’s impossible to imagine anyone else performing them” – The Guardian
Support from ALEJANDRA RIBERA
Raised in Canada with an Argentinian father and a Scottish mother, Alejandra Ribera was born with the world in her genes. And the globe spins on ‘La Boca’, an album that soars a cloud floating above storms, its music that crossing musical continents and frontiers, from chanson to Latin to blues and the sharp, intense beauty of real pop. Her dreamer’s voice rises, light as gossamer but with a heart of passion. Her songs fly.