after some decades spent listening to joni mitchell in a south african forest, ruby gill hummingbirded over the indian ocean to hum about violence, joy, privilege and border security to a tolerant melbourne population. almost immediately, her piercing lyrics, classically-trained piano-hands and disproportionately massive voice left audiences across the country shaken, transfixed and sometimes a bit hungry.
her debut album, Older, is a collection of songs about natural disasters and great dane tongues - made under the enthusiastic eye of grammy award-winning producer darryl torr. the second album is in the works.
ruby's sometimes scary and always silencing stage presence has appeared on lineups and credits with Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Keegan Joyce, Jeremy Loops, Shortstraw, Shawn Phillips, Cat Power, Xavier Rudd, Josh Kempen and many more.
Triple J say they're "stoked on this." which is real nice of them. they don't say much.
all photos on this site were taken by Max Fairclough on his travels around the world taking portraits of creative human beings.