Georgia Ruth, Week of Pines, Gwymon Records
This album is a spectacular first offering from Welsh singer songwriter Georgia Ruth, who is a well-known and respected musical presence in the Welsh music scene and, due to the success of Week of Pines, is now making a well-deserved name for herself in England and beyond. She’s crafted a magical anthology of authentic folk pieces that harnesses fragments of enchanted mystery whilst remaining highly intriguing from the first track to the last.
Week of Pines has been on my iPod a lot over the past couple of weeks, with each listening unearthing more and more of the musical chemistry that’s woven deep in the fabric of Georgia Ruth’s fascinating collection. Even though she sings in English, the truth of her Welsh roots rings true, even though the language is that of its neighbour, with delicate harp notes dancing above scrupulous folk melodies and Georgia’s fragile voice entraps haunting echoes of Welsh history beautifully.
The inclusion of Welsh songs on the album just makes it for me. Songs such as ‘Codi Angor’ (meaning lifting anchor) has a melancholic aura washed over a soothing organ whilst a harmonious duet flows effervescently from within the depths of a simple yet traditional tune. ‘Hallt’ (salty) is one of my favourite tracks from the album, Georgia’s voice holding everything that is stunning about the Welsh language with every syllable that escapes from between her lips. The essence of traditional Welsh music is the soul of the song, which sparkles with the pluck of each harp string.
Antique Welsh folk pours through the whole album, where images of the wild Welsh sea is depicted in songs such as ‘Codi Angor’ and ‘Dovecote’, showcasing that Georgia’s homeland speaks so earnestly to her and has proven to be a mystical muse. Although much of the album is awash with a gentle vibe that offers nostalgia and glistening folk, Georgia demonstrates her playful side in songs such as ‘Old Blue’; a song that’s dotted with an Americana tinge and narrates a story of an old, loyal called Blue, with a weeping harmonica plaiting through a tinkling harp and pattering percussion.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of listening to Week of Pines by Georgia Ruth yet, you’re definitely late to the party but you’ve not missed the bus. Make sure you grab this little piece of Welsh wonderment and bask in its meticulous magic.