An artist of intense honesty, singer and composer Ruth Patterson bares her soul with courage, conviction and vulnerability. Growing up in the moorlands of North Yorkshire, Ruth inherited a romantic melancholia equally from the land and from the music of such pioneering pop dreamers as Kate Bush and Nick Drake. Through her brooding lyricism, atmospheric vocals, and oceanic arrangements, Patterson’s unique take on baroque pop also lends a nod to contemporary writers including Aldous Harding and Angel Olsen.

Ruth Patterson is Sage Gateshead’s 2020 Artist-In-Residence as well as an activist and ambassador for the organisation Attitude Is Everything who campaign to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. She has toured extensively, created three acclaimed albums as leader of folk-rock band Holy Moly & the Crackers and has had music featured in Radio, TV, Film and Theatre.