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Ruth Moody sings of Wilder Things

Artist nominated for folk music award

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From her time with the likes of Scrüj MacDuhk to The Wailin’ Jennys to her work as a solo artist, Ruth Moody has had tons of musical experience.

Now, she’s one of four Manitoban artists to be nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA).

The three other CMFA nominees from Manitoba are Don Amero, Vince Fontaine, and Madame Diva (also known as Jocelyne Baribeau).

"It’s exciting. It’s always nice to be recognized for something you’ve worked really hard on," Moody said about her nomination.

This isn’t Moody’s first award nomination, or award for that matter. Her first solo record, The Garden, was nominated for three CMFAs as well as a Western Canadian Music Award and a Juno Award. Her band, The Wailin’ Jennys, have also won a couple of Junos.

The band took home the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) Juno in 2012 for its album, Bright Morning Stars, and it won the Juno for the same category in 2005 for its 40 Days album.

The CMFAs will take place at the University of Calgary Theatre from Nov. 8 to 10. But right now, Moody is on tour promoting her latest record which earned her a nomination this year, These Wilder Things.

"I’m just starting (the tour) today," the Wolseley resident said in a phone interview from Burlington, Vt. Moody will be performing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, to name a few of many locations. She will be back in Winnipeg in November.

"In the new year, we’re heading to Alaska and the Midwest," Moody added.

These Wilder Things is Moody’s second solo record.

"(The record) encompasses themes of love and loss and growth. Although it’s a personal album, in a lot of ways, I think the themes are very universal," Moody said.

Moody’s producer, David Travers-Smith, was also nominated for producer of the year for the record.

"I’m proud of him. I feel really excited and proud and grateful," Moody said.

For more information about Moody and her music, visit ruthmoody.com

For more information about the upcoming CFMA, visit folkawards.ca


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