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Ruarri Joseph


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Few artists begin their career with the rollercoaster ride Ruarri Joseph found himself on. Three years ago, the singer/songwriter was playing in pubs in his native Newquay, partly for fun, partly to supplement his income from a succession of dreary day jobs. Then in late 2006, he unexpectedly landed a deal with a major label and, just six months later, the demos he had recorded at home became the basis of his acclaimed, debut album, Tales Of Grime And Grit.

Hit singles in Patience and Blankets followed, as did a headline UK tour, support slots with David Gray, Funeral For A Friend and Paolo Nutini and a summer spent on festival stages, from Glastonbury to Bestival.
Q magazine compared Ruarri to fragile troubadours such as Nick Drake and Elliott Smith, but the scruffy, flip flop–wearing young father’s easy-going folk-pop and lyrics about life’s little pleasures most often had him hailed the British Jack Johnson. For the record, Ruarri can surf, though not well enough to win any prizes.
Come late last year, submitting songs for his second album, Ruarri’s rapid rise hit a hitch. His music had matured from the demos of his debut, the oldest of which had been written eight years earlier, in his teens. The label wanted more of the same. After a spot of soul searching and a trip to Thailand to soak up the sun, in January, Ruarri split from Atlantic Records, ditched the material he had been working on and holed up in the shed at the bottom of his garden with an assortment of instruments and a resolve to make exactly the music he had in his head.


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  • AFMiziara

    Found by chance. Simply fantastic!

    10 Jan 3:42am Reply
  • whereistherent

    I first came across Ruarri just after he signed for Atlantic when he supported FFAF on a few dates in Cornwall. I was well surprised a couple of weeks ago to see his new album on the entertainment system on my Icelandair flight to Reykjavik!

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Claybornp

    HEY! i found you under artists similar to me!

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • TheMusicOfAleks

    Can't wait to see him at Beautiful Days this summer :D

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • daelen

    Excellent show last night at The Fly. Definitely digging the bluesy sound you get with the whole band performing.

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sconzey

    Saw him a couple of months ago supporting Show of Hands at the Brook in Southampton. Epic.

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • OnyxLilninja

    Ruarri rocks.

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • TrimusDA

    Saw him supporting Show of Hands in Oxford on Friday. Very good indeed.

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Fierce17

    he supported seth lakeman last night at the plymouth uni he was really good, but he didnt introduce himself so we were all like 'whats his name??' when he did say his name someone shouted 'about time!!' he has such energy onstage its quite contagious

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
  • ma-music

    Please vote for the new pictures!

    29 Nov 2007 Reply
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  • whereistherent

    I love Ruarri :D

    19 Apr 2007 Reply

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