Ruby Throat

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Ruby Throat
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Neofolk, experimental folk, alternative rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Sleep Like Wolves
Associated acts Daisy Chainsaw, Queenadreena
Members Katie Jane Garside
Chris Whittingham

Ruby Throat is a British neofolk musical duo formed in 2007 by former Daisy Chainsaw and Queenadreena vocalist KatieJane Garside and guitarist Chris Whittingham. The duo came together amidst the dissolution of Queenadreena, and have recorded three studio albums, beginning with The Ventriloquist (2007).

In 2014, it was announced that they were working on their fourth release, titled Baby Darling Taporo, released 9 November 2017 on CD, and digitally on 2 March 2018.


Ruby Throat formed in 2007 during the time in which KatieJane Garside's band Queenadreena was in stages of dissolution. Garside met Whittingham, an American from Hawaii[1] while he was busking at a train platform in the London Underground, and asked him to collaborate with her on a musical project.[2][3]

Known for the hard-edged musical aesthetic of Garside's former bands Daisy Chainsaw and Queenadreena, Garside sought a stripped down, folk-oriented sound when forming Ruby Throat, with many of the duo's songs being based around acoustic guitar, and evoking a folk noir sound.[2][4]

The duo's first release was The Ventriloquist (2007). The album was well-received, and critics drew comparisons to the work of PJ Harvey and others.[5] PopMatters said of the album: "Garside’s breathy, nearly childlike voice is the dominant element of The Ventriloquist, gentle acoustic guitars and lap steels setting the stage for her voice. Despite the somber lyrical themes, this is a clear heir to the lineage of ethereal makeout albums like those from Mazzy Star and the Cocteau Twins."[5]

This was followed by a Tour EP and Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird (2009), their second studio album, which featured a cover of "Nothing" by Townes Van Zandt. To promote the record, the duo embarked on their first tour of the United States, performing shows in New York City, Oregon, California, and Washington.[3]

In 2012, they released their third studio album, O' Doubt O' Stars, which was written and recorded while the duo were sailing on the Lea River and North London waterways.[6] PopMatters said of the album: "Beginning with the quietly devastating epic “Stone Dress”, it’s clear that O’ Doubt O’ Stars is aiming for something uncompromising and original. The fact that it succeeds in accomplishing this as much as it does is no small feat and makes it worthy of any accolades it will (and should) receive."[6] Each of the group's releases have receive hand-crafted packaging, artwork, and sometimes personal handwritten lyrics and other accompaniments from Garside.[4]

Garside and partner Whittingham spent 2012 living on their yacht, Iona.[7] In 2014 they released a new song, a cover of "Secret Fires" by The Gun Club, which appeared on the third Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions compilation Axels & Sockets.[8] It was announced on August 1, 2014 that Ruby Throat's fourth album will be called Baby Darling Toporo.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Ventriloquist
Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird
  • Released: 13 November 2009
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Sleep Like Wolves
O' Doubt O' Stars
  • Released: 17 September 2012
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Sleep Like Wolves
Baby Darling Taporo
  • Released: 9 November 2017
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Sleep Like Wolves

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Tour E.P.
  • Released: 2009
  • Formats: CD
  • Label: Independent


Title Year Album
"Stone Dress" 2012 Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird



  1. ^ "Ruby Throat Interview". Wicked Spin Radio. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b Perkins, Jeff (2009-09-08). "Music Review: Ruby Throat - The Ventriloquist". Blog Critics. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b Dan, Jen (2009-06-09). "Interview with Ruby Throat". DOA. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Day #44/365: Katie Jane Garside, Ruby Throat, and Delicate Artifacts". A Year in the Country. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  5. ^ a b Martin, Erin Lyndal (2009-06-18). "Ruby Throat: The Ventriloquist". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  6. ^ a b Spoerl, Stephen (2012-08-14). "Ruby Throat: O'Doubt O'Stars". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  7. ^ West Briton Staff (2012-06-14). "Yacht survives after storm". West Briton. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  9. ^ Amy-Louise Allen. "??". Facebook. Retrieved 30 April 2015. ...meanwhile RUBY THROAT pick up their broken shells; and ask the wind to quiet down, 4th album 'BABY DARLING TAPORO' soon come, we can hear a thread of music in our hair...