Image : Ciarán O’Brien [Used with permission]
alt-pop artist RUTH on the soundtrack to her life
What is the first album/single that you bought?
When I was about 12 years old, I got Amy Winehouse’s album ‘Back to Black’ for Christmas as well as my first CD player. I listened to it on repeat!
What is your earliest musical memory?
Being dragged to classical violin and piano lessons by my mom!
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
When I was 12, I (along with every other 12 year old girl in the world) discovered Taylor Swift and became obsessed with her and her songs. I learned all of her songs on guitar and knew all of her lyrics. Soon after this I started writing my own songs, so maybe that was influenced by Taylor!
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
My friend introduced me to Maggie Rodgers a few months ago, which I am very grateful for. I love her!
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde. The lyrics are so visual.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Another Love by Tom Odell. It manages to say so much with a few words.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Close Every Door by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I remember my mom playing this on piano when I was younger.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
New Rules by Dua Lipa.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Chelsea Hotel by Leonrad Cohen – but in a good way!
What was the first gig you went to?
Paolo Nutini in Killarney.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
It’s hard to remember… probably a Coldplay song in a school recital!
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