Ruth Patterson

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Alternative

Location: North East


At the age of 19 and in spite of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of arthritis, Ruth Patterson moved to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to study fashion design, whilst at the same time building a name for herself on the UK and international music scene as the front-woman of festival rock band, Holy Moly & The Crackers. They have co-written three albums together, with songs featured globally on radio, TV and film – including the main end title track on Hollywood blockbuster Oceans 8.
2020 will see Ruth strike out on her own, with her emotive self-penned meditations on living and working with chronic illness and the sense of loss, but also empowerment that it brings. The songs have a fragile yet powerful lyricism and are offered up on a bed of lush piano and soaring strings and delivered with heart-breaking honesty.
Ruth has been announced as Artist-In-Residence at the Sage Gateshead, one of the UK’s leading cultural institutions, where she will write and develop her debut EP. She is also a regular activist and speaker for the charity Attitude Is Everything, who help fans and artists with disability in the music industry.