Folkworks: Jack Rutter plus Grace Smith Trio
Jack Rutter is a highly respected folk singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire. His second solo album Gold of Scar & Shale is now available on CD/DL.
Produced by Joe Rusby and recorded as live, the new album continues the stripped back approach of its critically acclaimed predecessor, Jack’s debut solo outing Hills. The songs are unearthed gems from the folk canon – almost all of them rare and many previously unrecorded – gathered from old books and source singers as Rutter uncovered material for this major new release of traditional song.
Jack’s soaring vocal takes centre stage on the album, delivering each folk tale in a fresh and current way; his masterful playing and arrangements providing the perfect accompaniment. Jack contributes guitar, bouzouki, duet concertina and harmonium to the album with featured guest musicians Sam Sweeney on fiddle, Alice Robinson on Northumbrian pipes and Sam Fisher on flugelhorn.
Grace Smith Trio
Wielding the distinct voices of fiddle, concertina, and double bass, The Grace Smith Trio cast dynamic, expressive, and reactive musical forces into a dialogue between these three individual yet like-minded musicians. Sam Partridge and Bevan Morris join Grace in forming this engaging new folk ensemble, through which the audience can expect to be immersed in a sound world where ideas become reality forged by bellows, bow and bass.
Grace has been supported by Seed Funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society as part of the PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partnership, and the Instep Research Team.