Ruth Lyon is singer-songwriter, composer, disability advocate and fashion designer, with an intense honesty and impulse to say it how it is. Formerly known as Ruth Patterson, she makes a unique brand of ‘baroque-pop’ baring her soul with courage and conviction – full of stark self-reflection but also a knowing nod to the absurdity of life.
In 2018 Ruth took a part in a residency led by another North-East artist, Nadine Shah. Inspired by the session, Ruth released her first single in 2019. I’d Give It All received support from BBC 6 Music, Radio X and Spotify editorial. Then, in 2020, Ruth cemented herself as one of the North East’s most important voices, when Sage Gateshead named her Artist-in-Residence. Over the course of the year, despite being thrown into turmoil by the pandemic, Ruth released two more singles, the emotive Sink or Swim and Somebody Else, for which she received the PRS Woman Make Music award and was named as one of BBC Introducing’s hot tips for 2021. Now Ruth takes on her mother’s last name, Lyon, with its connection to the Celtic coastlines of West Scotland, as she releases her debut Nothing’s Perfect EP.
As a wheelchair user, Ruth also advocates on behalf of charities and organisations. She is an artist ambassador for Attitude Is Everything, a national charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and she is an ambassador for Featured Artist Coalition – a non profit trade body that advocates on behalf of artists, and lobbies governments both domestically and abroad. Over the last year she has appeared on industry panels, parliamentary committees and international festivals, representing a voice of diversity and inclusion as the industry re-builds itself.