Folk singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph releases his fourth album, Brother, on March 25.
Recorded in David Gray’s studios in London, it was written about a close friend who died.
‘He was great guy, and a great songwriter,’ says Ruarri. ‘His death was a wake- up call for me; it made me re-evaluate my life and what I wanted,’ he explains.
‘A bunch of our mutual musician friends got together to learn his songs and songs he loved and we all got on stage and played at his wake, Last Waltz style,’ he continues.
It was after this collaborative send-off that Joseph realized the next album would be a group effort.
‘I worked with a band on this album, rather than doing it alone. I wanted Brother to be a communal record for us all to sing to.
‘Brother isn’t an elegy. It’s a celebration.’
See Ruarri live at The Cellars, Eastney, tonight.
Tickets cost £8 from thecellars.co.uk or (023) 9282 6249 or £10 on the door from 7.30pm.