Ruth Notman is a contemporary folk singer/songwriter based in South Yorkshire, who now aged 24, has been maturing and honing her style and skill for over a decade in front of festival and venue audiences all over the UK.
After a musical sabbatical to concentrate on studies, Ruth is returning with more style than ever and is currently preparing to record her new album, due for release in 2013, three years after her latest record ‘The Life of Lilly’ released by Mrs Casey Records in 2009.
Ruth’s debut album Threads came out in November 2007 and really did, to quote BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp, “cause quite a stir”. Rarely has a young folk artist’s first album had such a huge impact on what is sometimes a difficult genre to please. But it did more than please the folk fraternity. It went on to receive plaudits in major nationals including The Independent (album of the week), The Guardian and MoJo. Ruth played live in session on Radio 2 with Bob Harris, who loved the album and Ruth’s live set and she gained recognition from some of the folk greats such as John Tams, Kate Rusby and Nic Jones, whose version of Billy Don’t You Weep For Me Ruth covers and who called Threads a “super album”.
Fast forward to 2019 and Ruth teams up with Sam Kelly.
Ruth Notman and Sam Kelly have signed to the Pure Records label, fusing their celebrated talents on Changeable Heart, to be released March 15th 2019. In the producer’s seat is the innovative Damien O’Kane, known for his brilliant refashioning of traditional songs.
Recorded at Kate Rusby’s legendary Pure Records studio, the album features six new takes on traditional songs and covers of Ewan MacColl and Paul Brady classics.
Notman has penned the poignant As You Find Your Way Home while Notman and Kelly have written a stand-out, mainstream-nudging title track.
Rich and revivalist, these are songs of love from every perspective – spurned love, fragile love, brave love, saucy love and arrangers O’Kane, Notman and Kelly aren’t afraid to break taboos and put a unique stamp on some of the best known traditional songs in the folk canon.
- Rock Of Gelt
- Dear Friend
- Lizzie Batey
- As You Find Your Way Home
- Bold Fisherman
- Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill
- Brian of the Sussex Wold
- Caw The Yowes
- My Lagan Love
- The Cunning Cobbler
- Changeable Heart