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Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

Ruby & Smith |Concert

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Ruby & Smith | Concert only Oct 27, 2019 CA$15.00 CA$1.93
Ruby & Smith | Concert plus 'Sometimes Love' album Oct 27, 2019 CA$30.00 CA$2.84

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Ruby's Ukes presents
Ruby & Smith
Album launch concert and celebration
Sunday October 27th 2019
Doors at 6.00pm Show at 7.00pm

$15 in advance   ($30 with signed CD)
$20 at the door
19+ Event
Join on for the celebration of our new album "Sometimes Love" at The Anza Club!!

Ruby & Smith: Sometimes Love

CD release October 27th 2019   (The Anza Club)

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 second album, Sometimes Love, is a work of compelling original tunes and reinterpreted folk classics that explore the elegance of simplicity.

Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Daphne and Andrew have developed an international reputation at the forefront of the global ukulele revolution. 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 exploring the potential of the mighty ukulele. As the founders of vintage jazz band Black Gardenia, they’ve won fans around the world 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 delighted crowds on the main stage of the Vancouver Folk Festival 2019, opening for Dave Mason (Fleetwood Mac) and Steve Cropper (Booker T and the MGs) at The Vogue Theatre, and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest and Mission Folk Fest.

Since 2015, Daphne has been profiled in The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun, Monte Cristo Magazine, Globe and Mail, Vancouver Courier, Ukulele Magazine, The Source, Common Ground, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Regina Leader, Vancouver Magazine, and many more publications. She has also appeared and performed on CTV Morning Live, Global News, and CTV Evening News as a spotlight artist for The Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2019.

On Sometimes love Andrew’s innate musicality, schooled in the cauldron of London’s jazz and folk scene, is expressed on the ukulele. His jazz guitar roots morphed into a unique style of soloing and accompaniement. Influenced by travis picking, and chordal textures creating the sound of a full band on only one ukulele.

“This collection of songs was inspired by the wildness and beauty we’re fortunate enough to witness at our new home on Cortes Island,” explains Daphne. “These are the moments in life when pivotal change occurs and we feel this deep sense of anticipation of the freedom and excitement that change can bring. These experiences are reflected in our relationship, on a personal level as much as a musical one. First loves are intoxicating but the second time around - or how ever many times love needs to come around - are about learning to love the person and yourself.”

Produced by Ruby & Smith and recorded, mixed and mastered by Marc L’Esperance, that emotional journey can be heard on Sometimes Love.


Sometime Love Track List:
Fare Thee Well         (Traditional)

Paper Wings             (Gillian Welch)

And Be Free              (Daphne Roubini)

Someone’s Callin’      (Daphne Roubini)

Love is Sweeter         (Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith)

Sun, Wind & Sky       (Andrew Smith)

The Water is Wide    (Traditional)
Good Times              (Daphne Roubini)



Praise for Ruby & Smith’s first LP, “A Ukulele Album.”


“Ruby & Smith manage to do it all at once, her low, longing heartache beautifully matched by his sweet lightness.”

Kenny Berkowitz, Ukulele Magazine


“The two uke aces have crafted a jazz-dusted record made for hanging out on a ramshackle porch in Louisiana at sundown, a mint julep in one hand as the fireflies hover in the forest.”

Mike Usinger, The Georgia Straight


“A serious ukulele album of accomplished and smooth jazzy-blues which also demonstrates that Daphne Roubini has a marvelous voice.”

Jonathon Aird, Americana UK


“Instantly captivating, Ruby & Smith ooze charm with their stripped down approach to jazz/folk balladeering.”
Robert Collins, CTV Vancouver



Ruby & Smith is:

Daphne ‘Ruby’ Roubini      ~          Voice and Ukulele

Andrew Smith                       ~        Voice and Ukulele

Joined on 'Sometimes Love' (track #1 and #4) by:

Timothy Tweedale              ~          Dobro and vocals

Patrick Metzger                  ~          Bass


For further information please contact Daphne Roubini at: or call 1-604-781-8670.

More about the songs on Sometimes Love in Daphne Roubini’s words

“We first sang ‘Fare thee well’ at a show I put on called “A Ukulele night to Remember” at The York Theatre in Vancouver. It was a night of remembrance for Remembrance day. It’s such a visually rich song and really captures the sadness of the young lost at war and then generational tragedy.”

“‘Paper Wings’ is a cover of a lesser known Gillian Welch tune I recently found on a CD of unreleased songs. I love the melody and how she manages to capture the fragility and beauty of love in another beautifully, visually rich song.”

“‘And be free’ is a song I composed this last April when I was taking some time on Cortes Island, where we are creating an artist’s retreat. I was thinking about moments in life when pivotal change occurs and we feel this deep sense of the freedom and excitement that those moments of change can bring.”

“‘Someone’s Callin’ This is a tune that is quite personal, I was reflecting on connecting with my inner self and how making decisions from that place is so necessary for me to keep my life in alignment with my true values. And how from that place I can be happy and successful. I am always tuning into to ‘her’ my inner me.”

“‘Love is sweeter’ I loved writing this tune with Andrew, it reflects our relationship and how when we found each other we had both learned so much from our previous relationships that we were really able to love each other deeply. And I suppose first loves are intoxicating and all, but second times (or how ever many!) are about learning to love the person, and yourself I suppose.”

“‘Sun Wind & Sky’ this is an instrumental piece Andrew wrote when we up in our house on Cortes Island. We overlook the ocean and it can be so wild, and rough and the sky changes at every moment, our days are defined by the sun, wind and sky when we are there. I love this piece and insisted he put on the album because it really captures the wildness and beauty of this really special Northern Gulf Island.”

“‘The Water is wide’ is a traditional tune that Andrew loves singing, I love him singing it too and goes back to his folk roots when he used to have a folk duo with his sister in England in his teens. Again a visually rich song that really captures the space between ourselves and the ones we love.”

“‘Good times’ I often write sad songs and am delighted when an optimistic song comes to me. This song was inspired by a text I sent to a friend, who had broken her foot, I wrote ‘Good times will come again my friend’ and quickly after that the song came knocking, it’s a song of hope and freedom which I feel is so needed in these politically bleak times.”




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Anza Club
3 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC v5y 1m8

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

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