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Folk artist Ruby Kelly prepares to release her new track, The Roots. Inspired by the artist’s relationship between her home of North Wales and her adopted base in the North East, The Roots is a bittersweet portrayal of a young woman trying to find her way in the world. Here, Ruby tells us about herself and her work

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Ruby Kelly, a Welsh singer/songwriter who has currently been living in the North East for three years. 

What is it you do?

I am an independent folk artist who plays acoustic guitar and writes original material. I gig regularly around the North East and just love anything to do with music. I am also currently studying full time as a student with NAME (Northern Academy Of Music Education) based in Sunderland and have recently been selected as one of Generator’s First Notes artists in Newcastle which is something that is really exciting for me!  

How long have you been doing it?

Writing and playing music has always been my passion since I was about 13. I think I did my first open mic night at 14 and then never looked back. I just really took to being up on a stage and knew that it was something that I would always want to do. 

What inspires you?

I grew up surrounded by all sorts of different genres, my Mum and Dad have inspired me massively in that area. There was always music being played in our house and from a young age I used to sit in my room playing my Dad’s CDs, repeating them on my Hello Kitty CD player – What a time to be alive eh! As I’ve grown up, what really inspires me is the world around me. I like to take everything in, I hear people’s stories and make mental notes of ideas for songs. I find other people’s situations very inspiring, as well as my own life and I kinda tie the two together when writing. I moved away at 18 so I also find that, nowadays, a lot of my music is inspired by my experience of that.

Tell us about your music

My music is acoustic folk with a hint of blues! I like to tell stories with my lyrics and create a sense of nostalgia for the past. I’m quite honest in the way that I write, making myself as an artist quite vulnerable in a way. I think it’s important to show that vulnerability to others, in the world that we live in, it’s nice to know that not everything is always so perfect all the time. My music could be compared to Zach Bryan or Bella White. 

What have you got coming up in the future?

I have just released my third single The Roots, which I recorded in Birdland Studios in Sunderland. The song was mixed by the wonderful Lily Brooke and features drums by Dave Hyde of the Futureheads, bass by Dan Donnelly of The Levellers and cello by Hannah Miller of the Moulettes. A music video filmed at Barnes Park in Sunderland is set to be released alongside the single, produced and filmed by Lewis Lewis Pashley. 

I have also just recently played at Bearded Theory and will be at Northern Kin and Summer Streets festival this year. I’m hoping to release another single this year. 

Where can people find more about you?

I am on Instagram and Facebook and post regularly, all information will be there as well as here –

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