What a fantastic year it has been for super-talented Ruby Moss! Not only has she performed on piano at the New Music Festival in the National Concert Hall and performed on a national broadcast as part of Dermot Lambert’s Garageland, she played her first outdoor festival, taking the stage at the Glass House for Vantastival in County Louth and then wowing the crowd at the Dublin City Spencer Dock stage the following week for Culture Night, where she performed a one hour set of her original music on guitar and keyboard accompanied by the brilliant Ben Prevo.
Ruby released her 7th single ‘Pretend’ on September 25th. Of her second original single of 2022, she says that…
“…it’s about how we pretend that things are okay when clearly they are not, from ignoring climate change to ignoring our feelings and soldiering on as if everything is okay. Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away”.
At just 15, Ruby has been added and stayed for two weeks on the RTE Radio 1 Recommends list this October. ‘Pretend’ has had huge support across Ireland, the UK and beyond and continues racking plays on national radio stations all over the world. ‘Pretend’ has been positively reviewed by BBC Introducing writer Neil March, The GOO Magazine Dublin, by Revue Magazine in Canada amongst many others.
‘Pretend’ was written by Ruby earlier this year and she has performed acoustic versions of it at several venues including playing it live on air on Dublin South FM and Belfast 89FM. On the studio version, Ruby plays flute and guitar on the track as well as providing all backing vocals and harmonies. It was recorded in Beardfire Studios and the single release was mixed and mastered by Paul Tipler of Unit 13 in London (Squeeze, Elastica, The Wonderstuff, Placebo).
Ruby’s other releases continue to receive radio play including her Climate Trilogy released last year. “My Climate Trilogy is an important piece of work for me.” Ruby says, “I am a Climate Ambassador with An Taisce and being able to play these songs at gigs is an easy way in for me to talk about climate change and climate actions”.
Ruby has recently been shortlisted for several awards including Vegan Entertainer of the Year by VegfestUK. You will find more information on this award and the other she has been nominated for on her social media pages.
What’s next for Ruby? “Right now? Can I say sleep? Sleep! This year is an exam year, so the pressure is on at school for the Junior Cert. I’m also taking several music exams this year including grade 8 piano, so things are busy. I am practicing my instruments between two and four hours every day so yes, right now, sleep please! I’m not planning any new music releases before Christmas. That being said – I am writing all the time and wrote some things I like this week while I was off school and I have a couple of classical pieces finished, well, as finished as they will ever be! I also have a project that I am hoping to finish soon that involves The Girl with the Flute, Emma Coulthard.”
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