Manx Gaelic vocalist, Ruth Keggin, launched her second album, Turrys (Journey) with two concerts over the 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 marked the launch of her latest album with two concerts, initially at Noa Bakehouse on the 24 June, followed by the second at the Centenary Centre in Peel on the 25 June.
As well as Ruth Keggin and her full band, support was 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 ordered either through Ruth's dedicated website, or by using iTunes.
© June 2016
(Courtesy of Manx Tails)