Trio are red-dy for their album launch

Red Ruff are a trio of eccentric mums who are launching their album in Wirksworth this weekend.

Red Ruff is made up of Jen Aitken, Nansy Ferrett and Sue Devine and are all in their late 30s.

They met in the school playground and fancied having a go at singing together.

They got together a couple of years ago and between them the three redheads had done a bit of singing but had no real plans for starting a band together.

However, just a few months after covering everything from Snow Patrol to Tears For Fears in acapella, three-part harmony, they decided to give Wirksworth Festival a go, busking on the streets in their tutus and big boots.
Jen said: “I was terrified of the idea of performing. I thought we could never be good enough.

“That was one reason for our name choice – Red Ruff – with ‘ruff’ in the name it wouldn’t matter if we sounded a bit rough!”

The journey gathered speed from there however, with nothing rough about it.

Having been well received by the Wirksworth musical community, the creative three from Belper gained confidence and soon moved to writing and composing all their own tunes.

They follow no specific musical tradition but would say their absolute passion for all genres of music inspires them on a daily basis.

Nansy Ferrett, who writes a lot of the songs, began with a shanty taken straight from a Haynes Manual, about changing a horn on a Mini.

Red Ruff went on to use Haynes Manuals as songbooks, a quirky element to an already unusual act.

This year they took the act to folk musician Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival in Cumbria, performing in front of hundreds on the Saturday night.

Sue said: “That was an experience we’ll never forget. Standing on that main stage was such a privilege, and luckily we got over the stage fright fast and pulled off the best set we’ve ever done yet.”

They have recorded their album at Soundhub Studios in Belper.

The Really Really Good and Absolutely Clever Album is being launched with a concert at the Red Lion in Wirksworth on Saturday, December 7, from 7.30pm.

Entrance is £2 on the door.

See www.redruff.co.uk for more details about the group and their album.