‘A truly captivating singer of traditional songs, Jack Rutter’s new record feels like one of the classic folk albums of the 70s’ - Jon Boden

‘Rutter’s voice is his own, with an empathy and resonance that defies his youth. Beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling.’ - 4★★★★ Songlines

‘It has the confidence of an album like Nic Jones’ Penguin Eggs or Martin Carthy’s debut. But it doesn’t feel like an exercise in nostalgia or an attempt to revert back to a bygone ‘golden age’. In fact, Hills is a vital, enthralling record which I’m sure will creep into the speakers of anyone with a passion for folk, and hopefully the headphones of a new, broader audience too.’ - Folk Radio UK

This is an album of eleven folk songs of which over half have some sort of Yorkshire connection. Produced by Joe Rusby, they’ve all been recorded in a stripped back way, live in the studio with no overdubs, so it’s just one voice and one instrument in the room throughout the album. Some of the songs I’ve known and loved for a while, and some of them I’ve found in old books more recently and have set them to music. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I’ve enjoyed singing them.

‘I really do highly recommend this album. Jack is a fine musician, his vocals are astonishingly mature and nuanced for a singer in his 20s, but what this album really showcases is his storytelling. It is Jack’s ability to live and breathe these songs and invite listeners to do the same that elevates this majestic work to something very special indeed.’ - Folk Radio UK

 

There's a refreshing integrity about its stripped-down values. What comes to the fore is the durable strength and beauty of the songs.

- 5★★★★★ Colin Irwin, fRoots

Hills (CD)

Jack Rutter

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  1. 1 Hey John Barleycorn 03:46
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  2. 2 The Bilberry Moors 03:59
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  3. 3 The Deserter 05:00
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  4. 4 Morning Trumpet 03:25
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  5. 5 I'll Take My Dog and My Airgun Too 02:41
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  6. 6 Hatton Woods 03:39
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  7. 7 Stormy Winds 03:55
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  8. 8 Young Susan on Board of a Man-of-War 04:18
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  9. 9 It Hails, It Rains 02:27
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  10. 10 The Dalesman's Litany 04:14
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  11. 11 The Banks of Sweet Dundee 04:55
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