Ethereal songstress Ruth Blake writes multi-faceted contemporary folk, rich with symbol and story-telling, weaving hypnotic guitar riffs and tender poetry with rambunctious offbeat grooves and playful word-smithery.
This year she will be playing two sets at Colourfest; an intimate solo performance and a livelier band set with Faeland’s Martin Soloman joining her on harp and violin. With a rare poignancy to her music, it is not unusual for audiences to find themselves moved into spaces of deep silence and quiet tears.
Ruth’s voice first captivated audiences on the conscious music scene as she accompanied then-partner and Young Steinway Artist, Edward Chilvers, on his debut album of songs, Change Your Mind. She soon crowd-funded and released her own debut album, Lullabies for Grown-Ups, in December 2015, stunning fans with her subtle yet poignant use of voice and guitar. That same year she was hailed “destined for greater things… channeling the spirit of Joni Mitchel” by Drowned in Sound at Cambridge Folk Festival.
In 2018 she released her second studio album, the colourful Creation, with stunning cover art by Francesca Booth. This uplifting and inspiring album weaves non-dualism with myth and magic, and radical self-acceptance with a call for each of us to wake up and step up to our fullest potential.
Ruth is a member of the Music as Medicine collective and Brightsky Community, and has recently been lending her voice to the works of fellow artists emerging on the ‘Music Medicine’ scene, including the debut albums of James Frost, and Manchester’s dark-funk ensemble, Caulbearers.
Website – https://www.ruthblake.com