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hen you mention the name Josh Ritter, you might see some blank faces. For some he is an unknown. For other’s he is one of the most talented and underrated songwriters of this generation. It’s been over a decade since Josh Ritter first started recording music. His self titled, self-produced first album ‘Josh Ritter,’ remained relatively undetected when it was released in 1999. It wasn’t until the following year when, for a meagre $1000 he recorded and again self-published ‘The Golden Age of Radio,’ his life would change forever. A chance meeting with Jim Olsen, head of independent record label Signature Sounds whilst promoting the album turned into a record deal and a chance to remaster and re-release his work. That same year the song ‘Me & Novelist and singer-songwriter, Jiggs’ was released in Ireland, a decision Josh Ritter. that signalled Ritter’s arrival into the hall of fame. build the hallway and put in all the doors leading off into Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish rubbing off on the different directions and people decide to walk through those Idaho-born singer songwriter. “I grew up in a way playing doors.” This latest body of work serves to confirm that Ritter music in Ireland and for that reason our connection is is a magnificent lyricist. Unlike previous ventures, love is a really strong,” he says with affection in his voice. “You get prominent theme this time around, perhaps owing to the fact up on stage and instantly it’s a conversation and it feels

“I got asked to judge a song contest the other day and I just can’t imagine a worse thing to do.” real, important and fun.”Ritter became a household name when he was first noticed by Glen Hansard, lead singer of Irish band The Frames and later of Oscar glory for the song ‘Falling Slowly,’ which he wrote for the film ‘Once.’ After securing a spot supporting The Frames on their nationwide tour across the emerald isle, audiences were wooed by his soft, melancholic voice and soothing instrumentals. Ten years on, Ritter is now promoting his fifth studio album ‘So the World Runs Away,’ an ambitious record that simultaneously stays true to his unyielding talent for penning exceptional lyrics. “A song is like a hallway,” he says. “You

that he married fellow singer-songwriter Dawn Landes last year. “She’s phenomenal,” he gushes. But one would expect no less from a man who was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters in 2006 by Paste magazine alongside literary geniuses like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. When asked what it’s like to be canonised in a way by being put into the same sentence of such revered greats, Ritter is distinctively modest and clearly still humbled. “Just to be remembered as somebody who writes songs and has been doing it their whole life would be fantastic,” he says before adding “That’s where the comparisons to Dylan and

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