RUTTER’S FIRST ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS COMPLETES ARRESTING TRILOGY
This October, Yorkshire’s Jack Rutter – one of UK folk’s finest and most distinctive voices – will unveil the final album of the trilogy which began with his acclaimed debut Hills in 2017 and continued with Gold of Scar and Shale (2019).
Produced by Joe Rusby, This is Something Constant continues his passionate unearthing of rare gems from the traditional folk treasure trove – from Child ballads to songs collected by Cecil Sharp and songs from his native county – the dust well and truly blown from them and revamped in Rutter’s imaginative musical settings.
Stamping them with his trademark powerhouse guitar and bouzouki, multi-instrumentalist Jack also plays harmonica, concertina and harmonium on the release.
He is joined by two celebrated guest musicians – pipes, whistles and flute legend Mike McGoldrick and renowned Scottish fiddle & viola player Patsy Reid.
For the final album in his trilogy, Jack set out to celebrate the constancy of folk music. He says:
“It’s a love letter to folk music and the folk scene which when I think of it the whole trilogy is really. At the end of the day I’m just a fan of these songs and this music – it captivates me and makes me happy and helps me make sense of the world – and that fandom has been nurtured and encouraged by the folk scene which I love being part of. So I suppose this trilogy is my attempt to put just a small part of what it’s given me back into the big wonderful melting pot of this music which has been a constant in my life and so many other people’s lives for generations.
Folk songs and music captivate me and make me happy. This album is a love letter to that music and the whole folk scene which has been a constant in my life and so many others lives down the generations and I hope it stirs something back into the big folk melting pot.”
Mastered by Nick Cooke, the album opens with Jack’s urgent, driving harmonica – an instrument he has never recorded before on solo albums.
Here’s a sneak peak of him showing his harmonica prowess:
Self-released on October 27, This Is Something Constant is distributed by Hudson Records. Like its title it celebrates the constancy of the folk tradition whilst steering it forward into a bright, popular and prominent new setting.
The end result is a compelling and spellbinding showcase of gripping story ballads and upbeat festival-stage firecrackers, perfectly pitched and delivered with soaring, crystal clear vocals that breathe new life into ancient tales. For master singer and storyteller Rutter it brings his trilogy full circle and further cements his reputation as a singular performer and class act.
‘In the spirit of the old traditional singers, Jack Rutter takes a song, shapes it, lives with it and brings out something unique’
Kathryn Tickell, BBC Radio 3
Jack will showcase This Is Something Constant on tour this autumn.
TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS:
October 6th – Beehive Folk Club, Sheffield
October 14th – Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Sussex
October 17th – Wurzel Bush Folk Club, Rugby
October 18th – St. George’s, Bristol
October 20th – Wetherby Folk Club, Leeds
October 21st – Wadsworth Community Centre, Hebden Bridge
October 27th – Sheep Dip Sessions, Warwickshire
November 10th – Second Time Around Folk Club, Nottinghamshire
November 13th – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St.Annes
November 26th – TwickFolk, London