Ruarri Joseph - Brother

We're hardly at a shortage for purveyors of fine British acoustic pub fare of the most hearty and unpretentious sort but Ruarri (think "Rory") Joseph always makes us want to set another seat at the ever-growing table. Fourth album Brother (March 25 UK), the follow up to the excellent 2010 full-length Shoulder to the Wheel, again straddles past and present: one foot firmly planted in the best of U.K. folk traditions -- Nick Drake, John Martyn, Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson -- and the other confidently in the modern songwriting movement of David Gray (for whom Joseph has opened), Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini and our own late Elliot Smith. New tracks are both imbued with thoughtful reflection and sharpened around the edges with the addition of a full studio band -- the result of inspiration from Joseph's "Last Waltz"-styled tribute with some fellow musicians following the funeral of a close friend (hence the album's title). “Brother isn’t an elegy,” he explains with a smile. “It’s a celebration." Stream "Got My Share" and watch a couple of videos after the jump...

Ruarri Joseph - 'Until the Luck Runs Dry' (from Brother)

Ruarri Joseph - 'Got My share' (from Brother)