Rubyworks Records

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Rubyworks Records
Rubyworks Records logo.jpg
Founded 2001
Founder Niall Muckian
Genre Various
Country of origin Ireland
Official website

Rubyworks Records is an independent record label and music management company based in Dublin, Ireland. Owner, Niall Muckian, started the company in 2001. Muckian was initially working with Damien Rice, helping him with the formation of his solo career when he saw Rodrigo y Gabriela supporting him at Vicar Street in Dublin. He decided he wanted to work with them. Rubyworks went on to release "re-Foc" in September 2002 and has been managing Rodrigo y Gabriela since.[1]

Rubyworks owns two subsidiary labels, Gotta Run Records and Model Citizen Records.[2]

In May 2012 Rubyworks merged with UK independent record label Ark Recordings.[3][4]



Rubyworks was formed by Niall Muckian in Dublin in 2001. Muckian saw Rodrigo y Gabriela supporting Damien Rice at Vicar Street in Dublin and wanted to work with them. Rubyworks released "re-Foc" in September 2002, and continues to manage Rodrigo y Gabrela to this day.

2004 to 2006[edit]

Rubyworks took its next step by releasing a new Hothouse Flowers ("Into Your Heart") album in early 2004.[5] Developing an international presence, the label helped established Irish acts like Aslan and Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club release their music outside of Ireland.[6] The next major break through came later in 2004, when the second Rodrigo y Gabriela album, "Live: Manchester and Dublin", became the first wholly instrumental album to debut in the Irish album chart Top 10. Rodrigo y Gabriela's and Rubyworks' local and international profile started to increase from this juncture.

In 2005, Roger Quail joined Rubyworks from the UK, having previously had long spells at 3mv (Oasis, Suede, Ministry of Sound) and Sony's SINE independent label development wing with a view to developing Rubyworks' international profile. The label enjoyed further critical success with Dublin rock group The Devlins.[7] In early 2006 the label enjoyed its greatest success to date with the third Rodrigo y Gabriela album, which charted at # 1 in the Irish album charts in February 2006. The label also released new albums from Leya[8] and Koufax in the same year

2007 to 2008[edit]

2007/2008 saw Rubyworks busier than ever. With a new album from Sinéad O'Connor out in June,[9] a live CD/DVD package from the reformed Moving Hearts; and the debut album from County Down singer/songwriter Foy Vance as well as an album from Mary Coughlan.[10] Due to international licensing deals in North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and South Africa, global sales of the Rodrigo y Gabriela rose to over 500,000.[11]

2009 to present[edit]

In May 2012 Rubyworks merged with UK independent record label Ark Recordings. In August 2012 Rubyworks celebrated its first decade in existence with three Dublin concerts featuring performances from bands like Rodrigo y Gabriela and Fight Like Apes.[12]




  1. ^ "History - Rubyworks". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fight Like Apes, Rodrigo y Gabriella and more for Rubyworks celebration". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rubyworks and Ark unite". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ark Recordings Headlines: Ark and Rubyworks Unite". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Return of the bloomtown rats". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "When a child is born". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Waves". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Inside Track". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sinéad O’Connor live at The Sugar Club". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Blues is the healer". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Rubyworks music label". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rubyworks Label Celebrates 10 Years". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Have I Got Rock 'n' Roll News for You". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nigel Mooney announces national tour". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Give Me '05". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wait A Minute". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Niall Muckian - Ireland". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rubyworks Record label & Artist Management". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Artists - Rubyworks". Retrieved 17 August 2012.