Before the Ruin

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Before the Ruin
Studio album by Kris Drever, Roddy Woomble and John McCusker
Released September 15, 2008
Recorded 2007 (2007)
Genre Folk
Label Navigator Records
Roddy Woomble chronology
My Secret is My Silence
Before the Ruin
The Impossible Song & Other Songs
Kris Drever chronology
Honk Toot Suite
Before the Ruin
Mark the Hard Earth
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Line of Best Fit(69%) link
Playlouder4/5 stars link
The Skinny4/5 stars link
God Is in the TV Zine4/5 stars link

Before the Ruin is a collaborative studio album by Scottish folk musicians Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble, released on 15 September 2008 through Navigator Records. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #156[1] and the Scottish Albums chart at #45.[2] The album was originally scheduled for a May release, but was delayed due to McCusker touring with Mark Knopfler.

The album features appearances from Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake.[3]

"Silver and Gold" was released as a single on 1 September 2008.[4]

Speaking of the album, McCusker notes that their "paths had all crossed in various ways over the past few years - working with Kate Rusby, and on Kris and Roddy's solo albums - and our starting-point was basically just that we all really liked each other's stuff."[5] Woomble notes that: "Kris and John each have such a different take on things like melody and lyrics, but we’re all working equally on the songs together, so the whole thing feels totally new. And it’s great getting to make another ‘first’ album at our age."[3]


The album cover is by Orcadian painter Charles Shearer, and is said to "describe the physical, and metaphorical pull of the ocean, which is also a main theme of the record."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble

  1. "Silver and Gold" – 4:37
  2. "Into the Blue" – 4:27
  3. "All Along the Way" – 4:41
  4. "Before the Ruin" – 4:08
  5. "Hope to See" – 5:05
  6. "Rest on the Rock" – 3:38
  7. "Out of Light" – 4:09
  8. "The Poorest Company" – 4:40
  9. "Moments Last Forever" – 4:35
  10. "Stuck in Time" – 5:00



  1. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (370): 5–8. 
  2. ^ "The Official Scottish Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (370): 5–8. 
  3. ^ a b "Navigator Records". Navigator Records. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Before the Ruin Album Page - Kris Drever John McCusker Roddy Woomble". 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Press Page - Kris Drever John McCusker Roddy Woomble - Before the Ruin". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Latest News". Roddy Woomble. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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