Description of Ruth Moody's Music:
Recommended CDs by Ruth Moody:
Firecracker (with the Wailin' Jennys, Red House Records, 2006) compare prices
These Wilder Things (Red House Records, 2013) compare prices
Purchase/Download Ruth Moody MP3s:
"Trouble and Woe" (from These Wilder Things)
"The Devil's Paintbrush Road" (with the Wailin' Jennys, from Firecracker)
Ruth Moody Biography:
Despite her intense focus on classical music training - on both piano and voice - Moody eventually found herself gravitating toward traditional music. As a teenager, she began gravitating toward learning folk songs, developing a special affinity for Scottish and Irish Celtic folk music. No doubt, the tradition of Irish and Scottish balladry, with its fierce allegiance to richly developed plotlines and narrative story-songs, spoke to Moody's familial tendency toward music and stories all at once.
Despite her musical upbringing, Moody focused on stories in college, majoring in English and French literature. She thought perhaps she would follow her parents' footsteps and become a teacher herself. But, she soon found her way to performing folk and roots music along with childhood friend Leonard Podolak (who founded the band Scruj MacDuhk, and later the Duhks). Moody joined MacDuhk for a number of years, touring Canada as the band's lead singer, before she parted ways with the group in 2001.
In the wake of Scruj MacDuhk's breakup, Moody learned to play guitar and teamed up with a pair of women to form a harmony-based trad folk trio called the Wailin' Jennys. Though the trio was performing music heavily informed by tradition, they were inter-splicing songs of their own composition (many written by Moody), exploring ways to keep traditional music relevant without forsaking any of its authenticity in the interest of record sales. The Wailin' Jennys became wildly successful in the Canadian and American folk music scenes, earning JUNO nominations and honors from the International Folk Alliance, among other things. Their popularity laid a solid foundation for Ruth Moody's solo career, which began in the mid-'00s with the release of an EP and then a couple of full-length albums.
In 2013, Ruth Moody announced the release of her second full-length solo album, These Wilder Things on Red House Records, the same label which has supported the career of the Wailin' Jennys. The disc featured collaborations with the Jennys as well as Mark Knopfler and others. In the wake of the release, Moody hit the road as an opener for Knopfler and has a number of solo dates set across Canada and the US as 2013 unfolds. For a closer look at Ruth Moody's music - both solo and with the Wailin' Jennys - as well as up-to-date tour information, etc., keep an eye on her website at RuthMoody.com.