Stumbled Upon #022 – The Ruth Moody Band (Winnipeg, Canada)

In our 22nd installment of “Stumbled Upon”, we meet Winnipeg’s genre bender’s The Ruth Moody Band, and chat about their upcoming Australian tour.

Band Name:
The Ruth Moody Band

Website / Social Media:
Facebook / Soundcloud

indie/folk-roots/acoustic/alt-country pop

Members & their roles:
I play banjo and guitar and sing. Adrian Dolan plays fiddle, viola, mandolin, mandola. Adam Dobres plays electric and acoustic guitars and ukulele. And Sam Howard plays upright bass. The guys all sing too.

What music or artists inspired you?
All kinds, really. As a writer I’m inspired by all sorts of people – Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams… I really love traditional Old-time and Celtic music too and I think that influence shows up in my writing. As a band I wouldn’t really know where to start…The Beatles and Alison Krause and Union Station are two that come to mind.

How did the band get started?
I grew up in a musical family so I’ve been singing and playing all my life. Professionally I’ve been touring for about 18 years. A lot of that time has been spent on the road with my other band, The Wailin’ Jennys. We still tour but a little more part-time right now. I met the guys through the Canadian/North American folk music scene, playing at folk festivals or through mutual musician friends over the years. When it came time for me to go out on my own and put a band together, Adrian, Adam and Sam were kind of my dream band. I was pretty happy when they all said yes.

How would you best describe your live show:
An acoustic folk journey! With bluegrass, gospel, celtic, and pop influences. Ranging from intimate and dreamy, to driving and intense. Lots of vocals, lots of strings.

What shows do you have coming up?
Thursday, February 19th Sydney, NSW – Camelot Lounge
Friday, February 20th Milton, NSW – Milton Theatre
Saturday, February 21st Candelo, NSW – Candelo Town Hall
Sunday, February 22nd Yackandandah, Vic – Yackandandah Town Hall
Wednesday, February 25th Ararat , Vic – The Red Room
Thursday, February 26th Adelaide, SA – Trintiy Sessions @Adelaide Fringe
Friday, February 27th North Fremantle, WA – Mojo’s w/Jordie Lane
Sat, Feb 28th – Sun March 1 Nannup, WA – Nannup Music Festival
Wednesday, March 4th Melbourne, Vic – Melbourne Folk Club
Thursday, March 5th Oakleigh, Vic – Caravan Club
Friday March 6 – Sun March 6 – Port Fairy, Vic – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Keep an eye on Facebook for more dates.

Tell us about your latest release:
It’s called These Wider Things. I made it with producer extraordinaire, David Travers-Smith, and my band. There are a few really special guests on it. Mark Knopfler plays and sings on it. I’m very proud of it. It’s pretty much straight from my heart.

Where can I get your music?
In stores, online (iTunes), or at my shows!

Check out a playlist of past “Stumbled Upon’ artists on Soundcloud