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Ritter on stage at Cork’s Opera House, Ireland.

A valid and poignant sentiment no doubt, but coming from a successful recording artist, it’s hard not be sceptical. The music industry rakes in an eye-watering $130billion globally, an amount that increases year-on-year and with record labels clamping down on illegal downloading more

it’s due, he got around that one pretty spectacularly. While Ritter is most famously known for his un-distilled American music which is always beautifully supported by his Royal City Band; his sound is never generic and unoriginal. Whether consciously or subconsciously, he makes a noted

“There are so many more interesting things to write about than trying to make your diary rhyme.” forcefully popular music in its entirety, across all genres and sub-genres is arguably fuelled by money and powerful industry moguls. Ritter takes the floor and with a wry smile finds the silver lining in the dark capitalist music cloud. “That’s the great thing though; there is so much music out there and I love that people can hear whatever they want whether it’s Bollywood or Joanna Newsome.” Credit where

progression with each album he produces, a trait that endears him so intimately with his legion of loyal fans. As for the song-writing process he goes through, he admits it’s completely cathartic. “It’s a little bit like putting stuff in boxes in your attic and eventually if you don’t empty your attic it’s going to collapse,” he says. That’s the perk it seems of being a songwriter according to Ritter who ritually clears

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Prototype folk music magazine

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Prototype folk music magazine

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