Ruby & Smith

Ruby & Smith

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
DuoFolkJazz

Ruby & Smith
Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith are Ukulele Jazz/Folk Balladeers. With her captivating voice and their ukulele skills, together they’ve wowed crowds at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest and Mission Folk Fest, in addition to delighting audiences across Canada and their native UK.

As the founders of Ruby’s Ukes, the World’s largest Ukulele School outside Hawaii, they’re at the forefront of the new generation of performers.

Biography

 


Ruby & Smith:
Transatlantic Ukulele Revolutionaries
 


Ruby & Smith are a different
kind of duo. Its members, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith, have chosen to strip
their love of jazz, folk and roots
music to their core components: two
ukuleles paired with Daphne’s haunting vocals. Their debut release, A Ukulele Album,
is a work of elegant simplicity, pairing reinterpreted
classics with vintage-inspired originals. 


Vancouver’s First
Lady and Duke of Uke, Daphne and Andrew are known across Canada and beyond. As
the founders of Ruby’s Ukes, the World’s largest Ukulele School outside Hawaii,
they’re at the forefront of the new generation of performers. As the stars of
vintage jazz band Black Gardenia, they’ve won countless fans with a sound
described as, “The
musical equivalent of taking a bath in a barrel of finely aged bourbon.”


Ruby & Smith’s musical pedigree
speaks for itself. Together they’ve wowed crowds at the Winnipeg Folk Festival,
Vancouver Jazz Fest and Mission Folk Fest, in addition to delighting audiences
on countless stages across Canada and their native UK. 


Daphne’s satin-smooth vocals and
passion for the ukulele has led her to being profiled on CBC radio, on Shaw TV,
The Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Courier. Schooled in the cauldron of London’s jazz
and folk scene, Andrew’s reputation as a brilliant guitarist spans two
continents. Now he’s bringing his innate musicality
to a new instrument as half of Ruby & Smith. 


“There’s so much music hidden in
those four strings,” explains Daphne. “When we first started performing as a
ukulele duo, it seemed like we would face certain limitations. But once we
started exploring what we were capable of with two ukuleles we realised that
the scope for creativity was endless. It was only natural that we’d start
writing our own songs. People think it’s just a happy instrument, but it’s so
versatile. It really evokes a huge range of emotions. When we’re writing with
the ukulele it’s incredible how often something profoundly haunting emerges.”

Produced
by Ruby & Smith and recorded, mixed and mastered by Marc L’Esperance, the
fruits of that labour can be heard on A
Ukulele Album