Anna Rugis: Traffic In Gold
By Ania Glowacz
The name may not be familiar, but should be very soon. From the get go this album surprises and captures your attention with its Celtic melodies, enticing vocals and unusual motifs. Anna Rugis knows how to evoke with her voice and music. Properly described as ‘contemporary port a’bial music’ (ie. vocal music from the Hebridean Islands of Scotland), this will give you goosebumps and more besides. A little folky, a bit Gaelic, almost American Indian in a couple of places. Criminally under the radar, this woman’s music needs to be heard. This is not her first release either, two previous albums - ‘Reconciliation’ from ‘97 and ‘Cave Songs’ from 2003 have somehow been missed. Anna has worked as a backup singer for Cat Stevens, Cliff Richard, The Kinks and Van Morrison of all people. The music is minimal on here, but always the right accompaniment. Some of the songs and arrangements are traditional, but this is all original to the ears. Beguilling pure poetry with lyrics all included. Neil Hannan engineered and plays bass on this album to look out for.