Ruth Keggin to Launch New Album

Manx Gaelic vocalist, Ruth Keggin, will be sharing her success in the music industry with the launch of her second album, Turrys(Journey) as part of two concerts this weekend.

Following on from her critically acclaimed debut, solo album Sheear (Westward) in 2014, Ruth has performed live sessions on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland, as well as at the British Museum in London and at high profile festivals such as Glasgow based Celtic Connections and the European favourite, Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany.

Together with her band, Ruth has also performed in joint concerts with major players in the folk world, including Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, Irish vocalist Mary Black and the band Dàimh.

Ruth will be marking the launch of her latest album with two concerts, initially at Noa Bakehouse on the 24 June, followed by a second at the Centenary Centre in Peel on the 25 June; both starting at 8.00pm. Children are welcome at both concerts, but strict licensing laws prohibit them from Noa Bakehouse after 9.00pm.

As well as Ruth Keggin and her full band, support will be provided by talented, local fiddle player, Isla Callister (who will shortly be relocating to Glasgow where she will study traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), ubiquitous multi-instrumentalist David Kilgallon and expressive sean-nós singer and musician Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, who also features in Ruth’s own band.

The live studio recording of her current album highlights an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original songs and melodies, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way; including a mixture of vocals, flutes, guitar, double bass and concertina. It can be pre-ordered either through Ruth’s dedicated website, or by using iTunes.

Tickets for the concerts can be purchased in advance at £8, again from Ruth’s website, Celtic Gold, Shakti Man, Peter Norris and Thompson Travel, or £10 on the door. Tickets for the first gig only (in Douglas) will also be available from Noa Bakehouse.

Valerie Caine

© June 2016

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)