Introducing...Ruth Trimble (EP)
Derry native Ruth Trimble was an unknown name to me until I saw her play with Beth Nielsen Chapman on her recent tour. Wanting to share her talents, Beth also had Ruth perform one of her own songs- she certainly wowed.
Classically trained in piano and cello from a young age, Ruth only developed her passion for music when she decided she held a preference for playing by ear. Since then, she has taught herself to play an impressive variety of instrument; guitar, drums, and bass.
In 2008, Ruth invested in some recording equipment, resulting in the production of this, her debut EP which was released this past Februarry. It features Grammy-nominated Will Owsley playing guitar, Ruth having met Will through her connections to singer songwriter Amy Grant, with whom he was touring at the time.
Ruth’s EP comprises five tracks; four she wrote herself. The opening track. Tonight, is a story of heartbreak and regret, Ruth’s beautiful voice filled with raw emotion. The pensive You Took My Heart comprises simple yet stunning piano accompaniment and Goodbye just cuts straight to the heart. Fighter is a more upbeat, hopeful song, with a country, rather than folk, sound, showing a different depth to Ruth’s vocal. This is perhaps my favourite on the EP. I Want to Hold Your Hand is a striking version of The Beatle’s song, which respectfully makes it entirely her own. It was penned, way back when, by Lennon and McCartney; fitting then that I should be reviewing this EP on what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday. I hope that coincidence is a sign that this EP is just the beginning for Ruth Trimble and that her debut CD release will bring her the greater recognition she deserves.
NB Ruth's EP is currently available to download from iTunes, or hard copies can be ordered directly by sending an e-mail to email@example.com