Ruarri Joseph releases 'Shoulder To The Wheel' + 2010 UK tour dates

Following a turbulent 2009, Ruarri Joseph will release a brand new album, 'Shoulder To The Wheel', on 8 November, 2010 (ACP Recordings).

Ruarri Joseph - Shoulder To The Wheel

This will coincide with the release of a new single "An Orchard From An Apple" on 1 November and an extensive UK headline tour, which includes a stop-off at The Lexington in London on 17 November.

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Ruarri's rather peculiar music career began, in part, when his his mother - a practicing witch - relocated her young family from Cornwall to New Zealand, away from his alcoholic father.

A childhood was spent living on a farm in the middle of nowhere, where it was common practice to make explosives, drive at fourteen, swim in the ocean and shoot possums. When Ruarri's family wanted to move to a bigger field, they simply sawed the house in half and took both bits with them.

With a growing love of music, Ruarri headed back to England. He met his wife-to-be at seventeen, and soon found himself a teenage dad, working as a nurse for the elderly and mentally ill. Joseph found musical solace gigging in a Jazz Cabaret band, and in 2007 - after buying ten Tom Waits albums to locate the one song he'd heard of - Ruarri stumbled into a solo career, and a major label deal. He was, he now concedes, completely unprepared for the music industry, having never really experienced one in his homes of New Zealand and Cornwall.

One album and a good deal of critical acclaim later, following support slots with the likes of David Gray, Seth Lakeman and Paolo Nutini (with whom he remains close), Joseph quit his recording contract.

Ruarri returned to his roots, writing songs for the fun of it. His wife helped him found a record label and release a follow-up album, effectively acting as his A&R. Just as the record, 'Both Sides of The Coin', started to get going, the campaign was dealt a hammer blow: Ruarri's son, Alfie, had to undergo emergency brain surgery, while his wife gave birth to their third-born, Harper.

'Shoulder To The Wheel', then, was written following the eventual (and full) recovery of Alfie. It is a hopeful record, somewhat unusually shaped by Gospel (or Joseph's idea of gospel music: like Cobain's introduction to Punk, Ruarri notes, he is more influenced by the attitudes than the aesthetics).

The artwork captures the innocence and hopefulness that Joseph would see in young Harper, and take him back to that New Zealand outback where he grew up. There is a maturity on this record - and a sense of determination, as signalled by the title - that finally reflects Ruarri's rather extraordinary twenty seven years. Or, as he sings on "An Orchard For An Apple", "I threw myself in at the deep end from the highest, darkest height, but that's alright."

Ruarri Joseph 2010 UK tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

November 2010

11 November / Plymouth / Ride Cafe
12 Nov / Birmingham / Glee Club
13 Nov / Cambridge / Man On The Moon
15 Nov / Guildford / Boiler Room
16 Nov / Brighton / Komedia Studio
17 Nov / London / The Lexington
18 Nov / Manchester / Day & Night
19 Nov / Totnes / Barrel House
21 Nov / Oxford / Glee Club
22 Nov / Liverpool / Mello Mello
23 Nov / Stroud / The Prince Albert
24 Nov / Bristol Hall / Colston Hall 2
25 Nov / Exeter / Phoenix

December 2010

4 Dec / Falmouth / Princess Pavilion

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