PRESS RELEASE NOV 2019 (PDF)
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“I’d always enjoyed Ruth Hazelton’s work as part of the duo she shared with Kate Burke. Their ability to take traditional pieces and expand them, to breathe new life into old songs saw them as true innovators on the folk scene – both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Ruth’s new solo release Daisywheel takes this sense of gentle unhurried exploration a step further. New production ideals meet old tunes, old poems are adapted, new songs are written on old themes, traditional tunes find themselves underpinning contemporary lyrics. Like the Daisywheel on the album’s cover everything is cyclic and self-supporting, the final picture is arrived at via any number of musical detours.
What emerges is a self-assured work of great ambition – and no less listenable for that. Recorded between Tasmania and Scotland under the guidance of Scottish auteur Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty/Andy Irvine/The Mae Trio) Daisywheel is a great sounding record, the instrumentation and playing as logical as it is modern, the production as supportive as it is appropriate. It’s a comfortable listen that journeys to some dark places and then brings you back humming along to an age old air, singing the words of an old poet, just as true today as they were a century ago. All the tradition and innovation in the world is meaningless if the recording doesn’t grab the listener and this is where Daisywheel triumphs. Put simply it’s a record with traditional roots that could take its place and hold its own on any current playlist. ~ Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything)
“With an easy but refined musicality, it is her deep knowledge of folk music traditions, a historian’s eye and a storyteller’s heart that makes Ruth Hazleton one of Australia’s most exciting artists”. ~ Lucky Oceans
“Ruth Hazelton’s vast knowledge of folk music tradition saturates her own songs. She is a ‘real deal’ songwriter”. ~ Kat Goldman (Canada)
“Ruth Hazleton is the rarest of artists. A sylvan voice, an experienced player’s chops, a deep well of tradition to draw on and the ability to write songs that sound older and more lived in than most contemporary music”. ~ James Keelaghan (Canada)
“Ruth Hazleton’s Daisywheel is a breathtakingly beautiful work of diverse folk music that moves as it informs. Artistically deft and politically relevant, this album unapologetically stands up for First Nations, women, ethnically persecuted Kurds and the planet, taking aim at oppression, religious hypocrisy, war and greed. If an artist’s job is to speak the truth of their time, these are the sounds and sentiments we want on our side.”
~ Les Thomas, Unpaved (Melbourne, Australia)
“With Daisywheel Ruth Hazleton has taken her peerless command of traditional music and pushed outwards into beautiful new territory.” ~ Jeff Lang
“Every now and then I come across an artist who makes me sit up and pay attention. Ruth Hazleton is one such artist. When she sings, I believe her. Her songs are welcome in my ears and my heart.” ~ John Schumann (Redgum)
“ Whether a traditional song or a song of her own making, Ruth approaches her material with great understanding. Deeply concerned with the political and social, her convictions are intrinsic to the passion behind her music – evident in the strength of her music and her voice”. ~ Andy Irvine (Ireland)
“…stunningly gorgeous… cinematic and hypnotic…” ~ Ian Dearden (Trad & Now)