March 4th 2015 The Melbourne Folk Club RUTH MOODY + BAND (CANADA) + SCOTT COOK (CANADA) + NADIA REID (NZ)
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Ruth Moody is an Australian born, two-time Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally-renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. 2013 saw Ruth embark on a world tour in support of her sophomore solo album, These Wilder Things, which included 12 European shows opening for Mark Knopfler.

Although best known for her work with The Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting.

This is Ruth’s first time touring Australia with her own band, and her first appearance back in the country since 2006 when she was here with The Wailin’ Jennys.

“I can’t take her off my jukebox.” – Mark Knopfler
“A voice as lovely as springtime’s freshest daisy” – Huffington Post
“As musically inciting as a ripe, red pomegranate” – Vintage Guitar

Alberta, Canada’s prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around, which Canada’s premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls “as much a manifesto as a musical work,” teeming with “wry observations and hopeful life lessons.” Its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. Fellow Canadian songwriter and three-time Juno winner David Francey sums it up: “Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.”

Nadia Reid is a New Zealand singer/songwriter who has just released her debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs to critical acclaim in her homeland. She writes with a delicate blend of folk and pop, with traces of Jolie Holland and Anais Mitchell… a little summer on a winters day.

“Nadia Reid possesses a measured melancholia that speaks eloquently of the smoldering embers of life’s firestorms.” Otago Daily Times