Ruth Moody is an Australian born singer songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who is coming to Adelaide for the first time with her band. They are a string-band quartet who play acoustic folk/Americana music, with Celtic, bluegrass, old-time and pop influences.

We sent Ruth some questions. Here’s what she had to say.

First gig; when and where and how did it go?

“A festival in Victoria British Columbia called Folkwest. We rehearsed about 20 songs but the show was running late so we ended up only playing four. But it was special. We knew we’d be together a long time.”

If you could, who would you choose as your ‘musical parents’?

“Hmm Joni Mitchel and The Beatles.”

Favourite performer?

“Richard Thompson is pretty great live.”

Performer you would most like to be?

“I don’t really want to be anyone else.”

What is your best ‘cover version’ of a song?

“We’re somewhat known for our cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, which we recorded on our last record, These Wilder Things.”

Most famous person’s number you have in your phone?

“I shouldn’t say. But I had dinner with Burt Bacharach once.”

Best gig, worst gig and why?

“Best Gig: Royal Albert Hall. Worst Gig: Cat barn.”

The hottest musicians play what instrument?


What is your hidden talent?

“I make really good salads.”

Have you ever had underwear thrown at you on stage? Or, what was the strangest thing thrown up on stage?

“I played in Arcata, California, recently, with my other band, The Wailin’ Jennys. They threw a lot of what they are known for in those parts up on stage for us.”

Tell us something that people don’t yet know about you.

“I’m an introvert.”

Favourite childhood memory?

“I went to Rottnest Island with my Dad when I was 11. I loved it.”

Celebrity meet that left you star-struck?

“k.d. Lang. “

Pet love?


What’s something from your childhood that you still love and have today?

“A stuffed dog named Cup Cake.”

Time travel: where would you most love to go and why?

“It would be pretty cool to see some dinosaurs.”

Best advice you were every given?

“Be true to yourself.”

A missed opportunity that you would give anything to go back and try?

“A rope swing in Bonny Doon, California, that I was too scared to jump onto. I will rectify this at some point.”

If you were a flavour of ice cream, what would you be and why?

“I’d be a combination of dark chocolate and raspberry sorbet.”

Ruth Moody (Can) performs at Church Of The Trinity Session from 7.30pm on Thu Feb 26.

Book at FringeTIX on 1300 261 255 or Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

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