Singer-songwriter plays new album showcase
Ruarri Joseph returns this month with the release of his new album Brother on March 25, through Warner Label Services and will be showcasing tracks at Bath's Chapel Arts tonight.
The record, Ruarri's fourth studio album to date, is a record inspired and propelled by ideas of friendship, relationships and family.
From a young age, Ruarri Joseph has held family close to heart. He became a father at the age of just 19, but rather than becoming overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a young family, Ruarri instead felt spurred to pursue his passion for music.
He said: "Being a young dad was the best thing that could've happened to me. If you need something to focus and ground you … have children."
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Now himself having just approached 30, this notion of family is one that beats strongly at the heart of Brother.
For Joseph, the single word of the title symbolises "companionship, community and closeness."
Building on the themes of his previous album, Brother is largely informed by the loss of a close friend who passed away in 2010, and the sense of strengthened friendships that bloomed out of their community's collective grieving.
"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."
It was after this tender send-off that Joseph realised 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."
Tickets cost from £8.50 and doors open at 7.30pm.