Growing into pub return

Ruth Moody
Ruth Moody

THE name of Ruth Moody may not be instantly recognisable in Sheffield, but she has already played in the city, as a member of the The Wailin’ Jennys.

In fact, the band performed seven years ago at The Highcliffe, before its transformation into The Greystones.

Now the Canadian singer, musician and writer is touring in support of her debut solo album, The Garden, released this month on Red House Records, and she is back in the same pub next Thursday (January 26).

The album title is taken from the opening track, which is performed on banjo and accompanied by lush strings and harmonies.

“It was inspired by a theme from Voltaire’s Candide - the idea that we must work on our garden and make our little corner of the world beautiful, in whatever way we can,” says Moody.

The album is a collection of beguiling songs, with Moody leading the way with her singing and playing of the guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele and accordian.

“Gardens, like the seasons, are symbols of life and its cycles,” she says. “They have always been magical places for me - where the tiniest seeds are planted and grow into beautiful expressions of life.”

Her spadework will be embellished by Adrian Dolan (fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola, accordion), Adam Dobres (electric, acoustic guitars, ukulele) and Sam Howard (upright bass).