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Ruth Keggin - Manx Gaelic Singer

 

 

 

Ruth is a Manx born and bred freelance musician who also teaches the flute, piano and vocals all over the island. Her mum was in the Manx Girls’ Choir and her dad a true music enthusiast listening to folk and vocal music helped instil Ruth’s love of Manx music from a very young age.

Living in Port Erin, she went to Rushen Primary and Castle Rushen High Schools where she continued with her music and deepened her interest in Manx Gaelic music. Ruth loves going on walks, kayaking, knitting and visiting the Patchwork Café in Port St Mary. She also loved spending time with her pet goat Salty when she was a little girl. Her love of the countryside can be seen on her Sheear album cover.

After high school Ruth went to York University and studied music followed by Cambridge University for her PGCE. Ruth, who speaks Manx and French, loves Manx Gaelic music due to its uniqueness yet amalgamation with Scottish and Irish folk influences.

Ruth’s first album Sheear is sold in MostlyManx along with other retailers around the island. All her music is recorded in a recording studio in Scotland where the warmth of her voice is perfectly highlighted.

Ruth has performed all over the world in places like Hungary, Italy, France and Norway and is hopeful for the opportunity to go to Canada and North America to perform. The future looks bright for Ruth, with a new album out this year (launching in Noa’s Bakehouse on the 24th of June and the Centenary Centre on the 25th) plus festivals in the UK performing.  She is an inspiration to the Manx music community.

When asked for advice on how to pursue a career in music Ruth emphasized the benefits of doing something different and to be proud of what makes us unique.

You can follow Ruth on Twitter @RuthKeggin or on Facebook by searching for Ruth Keggin Manx Gaelic Singer.

You can pick up a copy of Ruth's CD at MostlyManx.