Indie-folk sensation Ruarri Joseph is poised to play at Rodborough Hill 's Prince Albert on Friday.
Often likened to Tom Waits, Cat Stevens and even Bob Dylan, Joseph will be releasing his new album Brother.
Originally from Edinburgh, he found his songwriting roots in the southwestern Pacific when he moved to New Zealand aged 11. He began his musical career busking in tiny venues.
At 16, Joseph packed his suitcase, picked up his guitar and headed for London and then Cornwall, where he found love and became a young dad. Since then he has perfected an earthy, folk-leaning guitar style with deep, warm vocals . His 2006 EP All Substance and No Style brought him to the attention of Atlantic Records, which oversaw his first official album release in 2007 – Tales Of Grime and Grit.
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"I'd gone from playing tiny pubs to suddenly being on this huge major label ticket," said Joseph.
It was a dizzying change of pace for the young artist, who decided he prefered to go it alone. His latest album Brother showcases his rich baritone voice and wise lyrics. Entry to the Prince Albert gig, which starts at around 8pm, free.