Rudd is, along with Jack Johnson and Donanvon Frankenreiter, one of the foremost practitioners of contemporary surf pop. Rudd hails from Australia and is, like Jack and Don, both an adept surfer and an expert guitarist. His songs have an ecological or spiritual bent and sometimes employ that much derided antipodean instrument the didgeridoo to great effect. Rudd played Whelans last year to an audience of ex pat Aussies and those paddies who had spent a year out down under but, with the release of his new album’ Food In The Belly’ over here by Anti Records, it won’t be long before he gains a wider Irish audience. ‘Messages’ is a fine example of his style, a foot stomping guitar riff over which Rudd lays a lyric concerned with both the ecological future of our planet and the state of our own souls.
2003 - Witnness 2003, a comprehensive review by Brian Kelly of the 2 days of what transpired to be the last ever Witnness festival (in 2004 it was rebranded as Oxegen when Heineken stepped into the sponsor shoes).