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Ruby Turner

“Soul, gospel, and RNB – Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article, blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove” ~ The Guardian

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest soul singers, Ruby Turner’s career to date has had many unexpected twists and turns with major tours, theatre and TV appearances, and touring with Jools Holland, the future continues to look positive. She performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, was a guest judge on BBC show The Choir: Sing While You Work with choirmaster Gareth Malone, and in 2013 was a guest judge on BBC Songs Of Praise gospel choirs competition.

Her major break came in the mid-1980s, when she was asked to join Culture Club at the height of their stardom. Ruby very quickly learned how to deal with regular touring and performing to vast sell-out audiences. Several critically acclaimed albums later, and Ruby has become a household name.

Ruby has had many hits including I’d Rather Go Blind, If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me), and the No.1 hit single in the American RNB charts It’s Gonna Be Alright – one of less than ten British records to achieve this! Ruby’s hit album The Motown Songbook saw her perform alongside some of the truly great stars of that era including The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Jimmy Ruffin.

To date, Ruby has released 17 albums plus the BBC’s Live From Glastonbury, as well as appearing on releases by the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, and Mick Jagger. She is also one of the main vocalists in Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, featuring on many of his album tracks.

Don’t miss Ruby as she brings her band to Ropetackle as part of a new UK tour.

Music, Soul

Tuesday 9th June 2015 -


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