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Friday, May 11th, 2018
7:30 PM
The Hyde Tavern
Winchester, United Kingdom
Ruth Theodore's songs fascinate audiences with their gripping honesty and distinctive lyricism. Over an array of unconventional guitar tunings, Ruth sings stories of the known universe with captivating vocal dexterity and poetic originality. She moves almost recklessly between pacey political passages, stomping slide guitar, and enchanting piano pieces that conjure the compositional freedom of a young Keith Jarrett. Turning her music on its head at every opportunity, Ruth's natural lyricism and deliberate turn of phrase is that of a skilled writer in command of, and having fun with, the idea of contemporary songwriting. And one gets the impression this unique british artist is only just getting started.

Ruth will be performing tracks from 'Cactacus' her fourth album which she recorded with producer and bassist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell/Ani Difranco). Ruth travelled and played her way through California and up into Oregon to work alongside a stellar cast of musicians including organist Rob Burger (Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spektor, Lauryn Hill), and Violinist Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed).

Her new record's a killer - fROOTS

Ruth opened for and performed alongside american folk legend Ani DiFranco at The London Palladium in 2017 and previously at London's Union Chapel back in 2012 as well as a scattering of tours and performances with other influential musicians such as Dar Williams, Jane Siberry, Jeff Lang and Rory McLeod. Ruth has released four critically acclaimed solo albums to date, receiving high praise from the UK media, The Guardian, The Observer, national radio play on BBC Radio3 and BBC6 music, alongside rave reviews in music magazines Mojo, Q, fRoots, Maverick and more.

"Songs so quirky and unexpected that it's impossible to imagine anyone
else performing them, following none of the more conventional styles
of song-writing. And it actually works." - The Guardian ★★★★

"Her tales leave you breathless" - MOJO ★★★★