Jack Rutter is a highly respected folk singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire. Jack's latest solo album Gold of Scar & Shale features unearthed gems from the folk canon with his masterful playing and arrangements on guitar, bouzouki, duet concertina and harmonium providing the perfect accompaniment for his soaring vocals. Produced by Joe Rusby and recorded as live, the album continues the stripped back approach of its critically acclaimed predecessor, Jack’s debut solo outing, Hills.
There is a strong sense of place on the new record too, with over half of the songs having some sort of Yorkshire connection. Jack Rutter grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song, and following a BSc degree in Countryside Management at Newcastle University has forged a highly successful career playing music across the UK and Europe.
Jack has a well-earned reputation for his solo work, as well as being highly sought after as a musical collaborator (Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney, The Young Uns and Jackie Oates) and having played in the celebrated instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter.
Gold of Scar & Shale is set to confirm Jack Rutter’s place as a solo artist, singer and performer of traditional songs first and foremost, marking him as one of the standout voices of the folk, roots and acoustic music scene.
‘Among Britain’s finest traditional singers.’- Folk Radio UK
‘An outstanding performer.’ - The Independent
‘In the spirit of the old traditional singers, Jack Rutter takes a song, shapes it, lives with it and brings out something unique. This album makes my heart sing.’- Kathryn Tickell OBE, BBC Radio 3
'One of our finest songwriters.' ***** Independent
'A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.' Mojo Magazine
'A lovely, rousing collection of politically charged traditional ballads and originals.’ The Guardian
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