A singer-songwriter says it will be emotional for him to play his first concert in the Bradford area in five years.
Andy Ruddy is set to perform at the Caroline Social Club in Saltaire next month as part of an 11-date nationwide tour for his album which saw him collaborate with another artist.
The Queensbury-born singer, now based in London, teamed up with Serious Child, also known as West Sussex-based roots musician Alan Young, on the project.
The performance at the Live Room – Caroline Social Club on Thursday, September 2 is the second date of their national tour and the day before the release of their album, Talk About The Weather.
I can’t wait to be back in my hometown on Thursday next week! tickets here: https://t.co/Ug9QazOMBT https://t.co/I2pHFdtQ8Q
– Andy Ruddy (@AndyRuddyMusic) August 26, 2021
They will perform at night alongside British singer-songwriter Kirsty McGee and perform across the UK including London, Glasgow and Edinburgh on their tour.
It will be a particularly emotional occasion for Ruddy, now based in London, as he performs a homecoming concert.
The place is also special for him because he performed there at the start of his musical career in 2014.
Ruddy, 31, said: “These will be my first concerts after the pandemic. I’m sure it will be super special.
“It’s an important gig for me. Playing a back home gig is special for me. It’s a little emotional. I can’t wait for it.
“There will be a pretty special atmosphere there after the last 18 months.
“I’m always in Bradford recording stuff with friends, when there are no restrictions.
“I haven’t played in Bradford in five years, I live in London now and it takes years to make an album.
“Serious Child is a folk artist. I am a pop-folk artist and our album is an amalgamation of our two styles.
All my friends are famous by @ChildSerious and myself!
Thanks to Mockingbird Film Co and Anthony, Marian, Sarah, Sharni and Lloyd McDonald for being great to work with that day.
Produced by @saltwell_studio ??
We did it together guys https://t.co/2UvsvD3r63
– Andy Ruddy (@AndyRuddyMusic) August 20, 2021
“I played at the Caroline Club in 2014 when I released my first EP. I was emailing venues to get gigs.
“They gave me a chance and a listen. They took a chance on me back then. I wasn’t a big name, or anything like that back then.
“The Caroline Club is run by people who are huge fans of music, they put music first.
“People seem to like live music now. People are hungry for it again. ”
Their album tackles a range of topics, including rejecting celebrity-obsessed culture, cat fishing, and how people of all ages avoid talking about their feelings.
Ruddy has stayed true to his Bradford roots throughout his musical career. Last year he teamed up with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski of Bradford band Scars on 45 on a song inspired by Bradford City.
“Heaven 17th” remembers City surviving their first Premier League season in 1999-2000 after a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Valley Parade on May 14, 2000.
Ruddy later revealed on Twitter that the song had become his biggest hit on the online charts.
They also worked together to provide music for The Syndicate series finale on BBC One in May this year.
“Faultlines” appeared on the final scene and in the credits of the program written by Kay Mellor.