Ruth Minnikin - ‘The Minnikins’ Photo Album’ - Radio and Retailers Nov 13, 2012
I release ‘The Minnikins’ Photo Album’ to my family, music lovers, writers, DJs, artists and concept builders.
The first inkling of The Photo Album was born back in twenty-ten, when I made the decision to initiate an ancestral archive of stories taken from photographs, letters and songs. For a year of Thursdays I visited with my Nana (her mother is on the album cover) and we reminisced and sang hymns at her piano.
Keeping with familiarity and tradition, I summonsed my brother Gabriel and sister Amy to share their talents alongside my closest friends and musical family (The Guthries, The Heavy Blinkers and The Echo Chamber).
Undeniably my heart was swollen as I wrote, but I daydream that my next bout of inspiration comes from love, salt water and the children I will teach on Jeju Island over the next year. Or, the waves on The East China Sea may swell into sounds of longing and heartache for Canada, the Atlantic Ocean and it’s folks (just like the time I moved to England). But that’s a different bio entirely.
‘The Minnikins’ Photo Album’, recorded and assembled, will magically appear just in time to mouth the words “goodbye for now”.
Experts that were privy to the pre-release of The Minnikins’ Photo Album said –
“With her slightly off-kilter delivery, soft vocals and minor key melodies, we’re never quite in the present. The feeling is more like looking at an old snapshot of mysterious people with a story we only get a bit of. But it’s compelling, fascinating, like these interrupted dreams you can’t quite remember, but wish so much you could.”
Bob Mersereau, CBC NB
“Minnikin’s rustic lilt wraps itself around the songs like a beloved old afghan knit by your grandmother.”
Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald, NS
History fueled music, wrapped in denim. It’s in the genes.