Ruarri Joseph - 'Infant Eyes' single
Ruarri Joseph releases ‘Infant Eyes’ on November 19 through Atlantic Records. The single is taken from his acclaimed debut album ‘Tales Of Grime And Grit’ which was released in July.
A scruffy, flip-flop-wearing 25 year-old with a thatch of unruly hair and a voice like scuffed leather, Ruarri was born in Edinburgh before relocating to the tiny Cornish village of Callestick aged 4. His love for Cornwall informs much of his music, but this isn't the Cornwall of grimly Pimms'd up yahoos spending daddy's money in Rock, this is the other side of coastal town life - the extremes of excitement and boredom, the washed out and the washed up, the drunks and the dreamers.
Ruarri won fans at numerous festivals over the summer including Glastonbury, Latitude, Ripcurl, Beautiful Days and Bestival. His enchanting live performances have also earned him support slots with indie luminaries such as Wilco, Kate Nash and King Creosote. He has just finished his first headline tour of the UK and is set to support David Gray in November at the Roundhouse (Ruarri is the only artist David Gray has invited to support him on his whole tour).
Wed 14th LONDON ROUNDHOUSE (supporting David Gray)
"There's a rough-and-ready, homespun feel to his music. Reminiscent of Cat Stevens, Joseph is less uptight and serious than most young men with acoustic guitars...a clever boy." Q
“what Dylan might have been like had he grown up in Newquay” NME
"One of the most intriguing singer-songwriters - and best lyricists - to have emerged this year" – Sunday Times Culture
‘this is a word of mouth record - tell your friends before they tell you” Music Week
“like a polite, English Elliott Smith, all mellow, melancholy acoustica with haunting harmonies” The Fly
“Much of his material apes the bierkeller-rattling rhythms of Mary Hopkins' Those Were The Days, which beats mumbled navel-gazing and bad finger-picking hands down." Word
"great guitar playing and genuinely bluesy vocals" The Times
"There's plenty of evidence that the flip-flop wearing 25 year old from Newquay has got what it takes" The Sun
"This debut revels in a feel-good, campfire atmosphere...Ruarri recalls the gipsy jazz of Django Reinhardt on Patience and the folk-rock of Neil Young on Summercourt Fair." Daily Mail
"'Tales of Grime & Grit' is a great album, the perfect companion to lazy summer days and hazy, blissful evenings." Notion