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MUSIC Ruttledge releases ode to north Mayo

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Seamus Ruttledge’s new song is inspired by his childhood in north Mayo.
Seamus Ruttledge’s new song is inspired by his childhood in north Mayo.

Ruttledge releases ode to north Mayo 

Henry McGlade

Knockmore native Seamus Ruttledge has released a new single, ‘Take Me Home (To North Mayo)’. The song, which is available to download from iTunes, will be the first track on an album that he is recording at Sun Street Studio in Tuam, Co Galway, where he now lives.
Mixed and produced by the legendary producer Kenny Ralph, ‘Take Me Home (To North Mayo)’ recounts Ruttledge’s memories of growing up. Sawdoctor Leo Moran is already a fan: “Once in a while you hear a new song and you know it’s new, but it sounds ancient, like it existed before our time; like it will remain long after we’re gone. When Seamus Ruttledge sings ‘Take Me Home (To North Mayo)’ he echoes the voices of souls whose innumerable lives have been torn apart by exile from their beloved, bleak and beautiful homeland – North Mayo,” he said.
“Seamu’s words and melody transport you, in the mood of a medium, to and through this unique landscape, with all the inherent longing in the heart of a person whose life has taken their body elsewhere but is now joyously returning.”
Ruttledge has released three albums to date. His latest offering, ‘Elementary Chaos’ was launched at Cúirt Literary Festival 2014. He has also performed songs from the albums live on RTÉ Radio 1’s arts show Arena and featured on the John Creedon radio show.