Ruarri Joseph is nearing the end of a long chapter in his musical career, before embarking on an exciting new one. The man which The Times describes as “One of our best songwriters and lyricists” will be playing around the country on October and November, playing a ‘best of’ set, drawing on songs from the last eight years. The ‘Farewell for now’ tour gives new and old fans a chance to enjoy the best of Ruarri Joseph before he moves on to a new project in 2016.
Originally born in Edinburgh, the nomadic Joseph found his song- writing roots in the southwestern Pacific. A move to New Zealand, and the young Ruarri found himself coming of age in Dannevirke (population 6,000), an isolated, rural farming community.
At 17 Joseph packed his suitcase and moved back to the UK and settled in London, where he released his debut album ‘Tales Of Grime and Grit’ through Atlantic Records. Shortly after he quit Atlantic in favour of independence and so in 2008, he formed his own label ‘Pip Productions’ through which all his subsequent LPs have been released.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s what people have to say about Ruarri:
“One of our best songwriters and lyricists” – The Times
“As wise as a 70 year old Johnny Cash” – NME
“Genius…a breath of the freshest air” - Observer
“Like a modern Cat Stevens” – Paolo Nutini
“Stunning” – Claudia Winkleman, BBC Radio2