Back in 2007, Nottingham 18 year-old Notman released a debut album Threads which, as BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp declared, “caused quite a stir”. The folk scene sat up and took notice of this young performer with her incredible voice, adept and assured beyond her years. Rarely has an artist’s first album had such a huge impact on the folk scene. It went on to receive plaudits in The Independent, The Guardian, Mojo among many others while Bob Harris invited her onto his Radio 2 show to play live and folk luminaries Nic jones and John Tams were among those to sing her praises.
Just two years later she released the The Life of Lilly to further acclaim before disappearing from the scene. In the intervening years Ruth, currently living in Derbyshire, went on to complete a degree in Medical Science and has embarked on postgraduate studies at the University of Sheffield Medical School as a Physician Associate (a new role in the health sector).
Now, Ruth returns to the scene with a new duo album with folk singer Sam Kelly. Recorded at Kate Rusby’s legendary Pure Records studio and produced by Damien O’Kane, the album ‘Changeable Heart’ is released on March 15 by pure records, and promises to be one of the most exciting releases of 2019.