Australia-based musician and writer Ruby Gill was raised in the forests of South Africa. It was there where she learnt to tell stories and sing like a bird. But it is in Naarm/Melbourne where she has truly learnt to fly.
Her captivating lyricism, effortless musicality and unforgettable honesty – reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell or Fiona Apple – have earned Ruby’s recordings and performances the reputation of unmissable, sharing her unique insight into the worlds of birds, border security and panic attacks to rave response. The music speaks for itself, with her lyrics almost always appearing in quotation marks.
In 2018, the Johannesburg-born songwriter unleashed her debut single ‘Your Mum’ to hundreds of thousands of streams, shocked global reviews and a full add from triple j in its first week – In the words of triple j’s Zan Rowe, “excuse me while I scrape myself off the floor.”
Her immense voice, heavy Jaguar, heavier piano and scarily vulnerable stage presence have since appeared on festivals and stages around the world, from Oppikoppi to Woodford. She was awarded the Emerging Artist of the Year at Port Fairy Folk Festival and has previously supported the likes of Lime Cordiale, Didirri, Alexander Biggs and The Teskey Brothers.
Ruby’s most recent work, ‘you should do this for a living’, is a song about what it takes to navigate male power, pressure and coercion in the music industry. The song was written, recorded and produced in Melbourne/Naarm and features a choir of prominent female-identifying voices, Angie McMahon, Maple Gilder, Mimi Gilbert, Hannah Cameron and Hannah Blackburn. Listen here https://awal.ffm.to/ysdtfal