Ruby set to shine

Joseph Bulmer

An international soul star is preparing to return to Devon when she performs with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Ruby Turner will be joining the TV star for his concert at Powderham Castle on July 30.

The concert is a picnic event, and guests are being invited to bring their own seating, rugs, cushions and picnics.

Ruby‘s role with Jools’ orchestra is only the latest chapter in a career which has seen her score a Number One single in America, and perform the National Anthem in front of the Queen during the Millennium celebrations.

Ruby said: “We’ve been down to Powderham a couple of times before and I’ve enjoyed it very much.

“The summer concerts are a fantastic way to go out and see England at its best, and when the weather’s with you can’t beat it.

“When you look out from the stage and there are people out there with picnic lunches having a great time that’s what it’s all about.”

Ruby still performs as a solo singer, but says that working with Jools Holland is a very different experience.

“I have my own four piece band, and we go out and do our own stuff, but when you’re standing on stage with that enormous horn section it’s a great feeling.

“Jools is such a fantastic, generous man, and as a musician I have the most enormous respect for him and his passion for the music.

“As a musician you watch and learn and he’s definitely one to learn from.”

Even after more than 30 years in the music business, Ruby says she has no plans to slow down just yet.

“What would I want to slow down for? This is what I do, and by now I think it’s pretty clear this is what I’m meant to do with my life, so I just get on with it.”

Don’t miss Ruby, Jools and Sandie Shaw at Powderham on Saturday, July 30.

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