You could say Josh Ritter has Ireland to thank for his ever growing music and song writing career and this summer he will be making a welcome return to sing in front of his numerous Irish fans.
It was while working temporary jobs and playing open mic nights that this Moscow, Idaho born and raised young singer was spotted by Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007 for the song "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once, which he co-wrote with his co-star Markéta Irglová.
Glen, along with his band The Frames invited Ritter to return to Ireland to tour with them. Ritter graciously recounts his first major opportunity. "The kind of introduction that Glen and The Frames gave me was crucial. At the time I was 22, 23 -- I was temp-working and playing open mics and the opportunity came to come and play in front of 400 people. It was an incredible rush to play an enormous room. It felt like the heavens opened up. It was an amazing experience."
A lot has happened since Ritter released his first his first album 'So Runs the World Away'. He has divorced, published his first novel and had a near death experience. 'The Beast in Its Tracks' is the result of the creative juices that have flowed in the self reflective aftermath.
"In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I'd ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness."
Ritter & The Royal City Band celebrate the release of 'The Beast in Its Tracks' with a North American Tour starting in Dallas on March 13. He makes a welcome return to Ireland ; kicking off his European Tour with gigs in The Big Top, Limerick July 18; Iveagh Gardens, Dublin July 19 and An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny July 21.
Irish Welcoming Ritter's Return!