Horizons Stage (Special Focus)
It's been a good year for harpist, singer and songwriter Georgia Ruth. Her debut album, Week of Pines, was released in May to the sound of superlatives being brandished in major media reviews. It's a collection of traditional Welsh ballads and her own compositions in Welsh and English, delivered by her clear-toned voice and idiosyncratic harp style, which owes more to the finger-style playing of guitarists such as Bert Jansch and Meic Stevens than her classical education. The Independent newspaper called it "a dazzling debut, rich with sweet pain and joy", while fRoots magazine declared it a "true delight". Top reviews followed in Mojo and Songlines magazines, and Robin Denselow described her in The Guardian as "one of the British folk discoveries of the year." She was a guest for Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, and for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. In February she participated in the British Council's Folk Nations Residency in Kolkata, India, before dashing off to the Folk Alliance in Toronto and this summer she's been touring the UK with her excellent band at festivals such as Latitude and Festival No.6.