She’s known and loved to LOUD WOMEN as legendary music journalist Ngaire Ruth, a friend and member of our team who has written wonderful things for our site before. We’ve seen her take the mic to perform her poetry before, but on 12 Feb she’ll be taking to the stage for the first time armed with a guitar, as Silver Fern! Ngaire has been taking part in the 66 Days to Your Debut project, and we can’t wait to welcome her to the stage at the Hope & Anchor for our next LOUD WOMEN Club with Anarchistwood, Deuxes, Dinosaur Skull and Cult of Doris. In the meantime, here’s Ngaire’s 5 question review …

  1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?

Extreme naivety, friendship and wise words  – two chords played with trepidation, performed with joy. 

2 . What’s the most important thing we need to know about your act right now? 

I started to play on January 1st as part of Ruth Miller’s DIYdebut in 66 days (celebrating with playing on International Women’s Day – this is even before that!) It was a political choice and has become wonderfully personal. As soon as you feel the weight of a guitar on you everything that went before seems to be the run up. 

3. If you had to do a cover at the gig, what cover would you choose to play?
I wish I could play Big Joanie‘s ‘Fall Asleep’, or Joni Mitchell‘s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. I have to play Babes in Toyland ‘Bruise Violet’ before I die. 

4. Pass the mic – who are your top 3 contemporary bands

  • BEX
  • Kit Major
  • Los Bitchos

5. Draw us a picture…

This is my picture of the music canon when I was a young music journalist – male and white. This was a doodle I kept drawing when I was on the phone talking to press officers, without thinking.