NANCY RUTH - 10 FUN FACTS:
*Nancy Ruth helped build the house and sailboat she grew up in - a log house in the woods of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and a 24 foot gaff-rigged schooner in which her family spent summers, sailing up and down the West Coast.
*She was invited to sing in the Palace for the Royal Family of Brunei for a month in 1992. Singing in Malay, Indonesian and Japanese was only the beginning of that fascinating story… performing for the Sultan’s harem would be worthy of a memoir.
*Nancy had to sign a ‘high risk activity clause’ in her contract for the long running musical theatre production ‘Beaver Creek Rendezvous’ in the Yukon (she starred from 1993 - 1997), due to her penchant for skydiving, river-rafting, fascination for bear watching, and other such adventures.
*Nancy always knew she was bound for Spain - when she was eight years old, she intuitively learned the phrygian scale on the ukelele, which a lot of Spanish music is based on. Her family tree leads to the Spanish royal court of the Napoleonic Era.
*She followed her musical instincts to Spain, to write songs and study, alone. She completely disconnected from the world during the first several stays (2001 - 2008): no phone, no internet - months of self-inflicted solitary confinement a year, just to work on her sound.
*Nancy has been traveling through Morocco for the past 18 years, collaborating with musicians in Berber tribes, deserts, towns and cities from Tangier to Tiznit, and is working on a documentary about the process
*She is not related to former Canadian senator Nancy Ruth. She was born Nancy Ruth Thornton-Trump and legally changed her name to Nancy Ruth in 1996. She never liked being a Trump.
*She’s a Huff Post contributor, and her most popular articles are ‘I Forgot To Have Kids’ and ‘How I Became Fashionably Unfashionable’ . Her most recent article was written for the Canadian V13 magazine.
*She’s been the bandleader, composer and manager for most of the touring groups she’s put together, and doesn’t see being a woman in music a disadvantage, but rather, an advantage. The same goes with solo traveling, having visited or toured in over 60 countries.
*She hasn’t had much interest in watching TV since the Beachcombers was cancelled in 1990.