“Ruth’s mellifluous vocals are utterly captivating, transporting the listener on a gently terrifying journey into the darkest part of their own psyche.” Narc Magazine
As an artist and disability activist, alt-pop troubadour Ruth Lyon mixes home-made beats, mellow keys and an organic rhythm section to explore being an outsider with naked, visceral honesty - a sound instilled with rich melancholy but delivered with attitude.
After treating us to her debut EP ‘Nothing’s Perfect’, Ruth returns with her her self-produced track "Black Hole" - a dark, spacey banger, infused with groove, soul and generous choruses - just in time for her American debut.
This March, she has been invited to perform at the prestigious SXSW Festival, in Austin Texas. She is performing at the British Music Embassy showcase alongside upcoming British talent, Walt Disco, Lottery Winners and Self Esteem, as well as at St David's Bethell Hall presented by Accessible All Areas, a showcase of international disabled artists. She is also speaking as a panellist at the talk Disability: Is the Future of Music Accessible?
Ruth advocates on behalf of charities and organisations. She is an artist ambassador for Attitude Is Everything, a national charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and she is an ambassador for Featured Artist Coalition-a non-profit trade body that advocates on behalf of artists, and lobbies governments both domestically and abroad.
She has spoken at the Great Escape, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Iso-laid Festival in Australia, presented at APPG parliamentary committees and sits on the board of directors at Sage Gateshead, representing a voice of diversity and inclusion as the industry re-builds itself. She has been interviewed by BBC News, Kerrang and NME.
Ruth grew up in the North Yorkshire Moors and spent her former years scrambling around the countryside, inheriting a sense of adventure as well as melancholia from the landscape that is instilled in the music she creates today.
She moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne to study fashion design at Northumbria University, where she discovered and now is ever inspired by the Japanese designers Miyake, Kawakubo, and Yamamoto; who celebrate beauty in imperfection and asymmetry. As someone who became physically disabled at the age of 15 and has been a wheelchair user from the age of 21, this resonated.
Ruth’s love for fashion has never left her-she still makes her own clothes, exploring the shapes and silhouettes of the seated figure.
After graduating, Ruth dived headfirst into Newcastle’s thriving music scene, fronting her fiery rock band, Holy Moly & The Crackers. As head of the outfit, Ruth toured regionally, then nationally, then internationally - selling out shows from London, to York, to Cologne, to Munich - from Scandinavia to South Italy.
She has toured more than most - all the while exploring her different voices as a singer and a songwriter. She also brushed shoulders with Hollywood when she was invited to the red-carpet premiere of Blockbuster Ocean’s 8, by the director Gary Ross (Hunger Games), after her band’s single ‘Cold Comfort Lane’, co-written by Ruth and band mate Rosie Bristow, was used as the end-credit title track.
In 2018, Ruth took part in a residency led by the North-East artist and mercury prize nominee, Nadine Shah. Inspired by the session she was ready to launch herself as a solo artist and in 2019 released her first single, “I’d Give It All”.
In 2020 Ruth cemented herself as one of the North East’s most important voices, when Sage Gateshead named her Artist-in-Residence.
Over the course of the year, despite being thrown into turmoil by the pandemic, Ruth released two more singles, the emotive “Sink or Swim” and “Somebody Else”, for which she received the PRS Women Make Music award and was named as BBC Intro in The North East & Yorkshire one to watch, and played her live debut at Latitude Festival in 2021.
In October last year, Ruth followed up with her debut EP ‘Nothing’s Perfect’. The lead single ’Motormouth’ received significant support from Spotify Editorial: Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: POP and Salt as well as radio support at Radio 1 and 6 music and almost constant rotation on BBC Introducing.
In May 2022 she returns to the studio to record her next body of work with renowned producer John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey) for release in autumn accompanying her first headline tour of the UK