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Ruby Beil grew up learning to play and sing by ear; her musical family exposed her to everything from classical to bluegrass to jazz and blues, and they taught her fiddle at age 5. It was around age 12 that Ruby discovered the darker side of rock and roll, first started fantasizing of an all-women band - and from then on there was no turning back. She started writing lyrics at age 17, and when she moved to Ithaca, NY, in 1996, she developed her fiddle style to accompany her unusual voice and began performing solo. Ruby started her first rock band in 1998 - BLIP - who had a short but memorable ride. Hometown Erie, PA, band, Nostromos, began when she returned briefly in 2000-01. The group is still alive and kicking, playing a few shows a year. The Witching is Ruby's first collaboration with women in rock, and she is thrilled to be back in Ithaca and living her rock and roll dream.

vocal/musical inspirations
PJ Harvey
Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle)
Patti Smith
Jennifer Charles (Portishead)
Liz Phair
Nina Simone
Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders)
Angelo Moore (Fishbone)
David Byrne
David Thomas (Pere Ubu)
Erykah Badu
Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics)
Bon Scott (AC/DC)
Missy Elliot
Blonde Redhead
Mark Sandman (Morphine)
Black Francis and Kim Deal (The Pixies)
Billie Holiday
Diamanda Galas
Red Aunts
Kate Bush
Suzanne Vega
Throwing Muses
Tom Waits
Nashville Pussy
Nina Hagen
Bikini Kill
Iggy Pop
Bonfire Madigan
Janis Joplin
Cat Power
The Donnas
upcoming shows

March 26, 2005:: @ The Chapter House, Ithaca, NY with Kievan-Rus & Lotion. (showtime 9pm, $5 cover, special guest star, Mr. Willie B, on drums!! Barb will be back behind the skins in June.)
Our new live CD is ready and will be available at the show!! Thanks to the magic of Al Grunwell (engineer) at Fingerlakes Recording, www.FLREC.com, we are ready to release a volume that spans the entire history of The Witching.

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