Ruth Sutherland is a rare gem – she’s both a great harper AND a beautiful singer. Canadian born, of Scottish parentage, Ruth has a University Degree in Vocal performance, and paid off her student loans by moving to Hamilton Ontario Canada, singing jingles and doing studio work as a vocalist and harper, with Daniel Lanois at Grant Avenue Studio.

In December 2012, Ruth released her latest CD “A Canadian Christmas” which was produced by Doug Feaver, and recorded by Jamie Andrew at Valleyview Studio in Ancaster. This CD is receiving rave reviews and has been nominated for 4 Hamilton Music awards, including "Female Artist of the year", "Female vocalist of the year", "Special instrumentalist of the year" and “Ethnic/World Recording of the year”. "A Canadian Christmas" is Ruth's most sonically diverse album to date, incorporating influences from the major founding elements of Canada, including French, English, Aboriginal, Scottish, Irish and Ukranian, as well as original contemporary songs. The musicians on the CD were Doug Feaver - guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion, boots, Stephen Fuller - violin, viola, Douglas Feaver - drums, percussion, and Daniel Krawchuk - bass guitar. As one reviewer put it:

"Ruth’s great Christmas CD is true Canadian music - a remarkable fusion of Celtic and roots, traditional and original, old and new."

Ruth’s solo third CD, “bones & runes”, released in December of 2006, has won critical acclaim, garnering 4 Hamilton Music Award nominations in 2007. This CD features Ruth’s original songs, traditional harp music, her exquisite interpretations of some classic folk songs, and a couple of Robbie Burns songs. Recorded in the sanctuary of a 19th century church in Hamilton, the sound of the CD is very clean and true to the experience of a live concert in your living room.

This year Ruth was highlighted in the Boris Brott Summer Concert series again, where she performed for a sold-out show to great reviews. In past years, Ruth has also been heard in concerts and at festivals around North America, South America, and Europe, both as a solo performer, and as a member of Scantily Plaid.

In 2010, Ruth successfully returning from Lorient France where she not only performed (alongside harpers from Brittany, Ireland and Wales,) to rave reviews at the World’s largest celtic festival, she also led the harp master class. As one audience member put it:

“I can hardly tell you how moved I was by your harp performance and warm, delicate voice – it was a sweet medicine that warmed our hearts”.

The beauty and purity of Ruth Sutherland’s voice, accompanied by her harp, is magical. She covers the world, and brings it home to Canada.

Ruth Sutherland
Celtic harper/singer/songwriter