Since formation in 2001, Rubyworks has gradually established itself as the leading independent label in Ireland, enjoying unparalleled levels of success both at home and overseas.
Home to international success stories like Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hozier and Ryan Sheridan, Rubyworks continues to develop talent on the principles originally identified by founder Niall Muckian. Charismatic artists performing top notch songs with the ability to thrill concert audiences from Dublin to Denver and beyond.
Over the course of the last fourteen years, Rubyworks has released albums by important Irish artists like Hothouse Flowers, Sinead O’Connor, Mary Coughlan and Moving Hearts. In more recent times the label, which also includes offshoot imprints Model Citizen, Ark Recordings and Gotta Run, has developed a new generation of Irish talent including Hozier, in partnership with Columbia Records in North America and Australia and Island / Universal for the rest of the world, Ryan Sheridan (in partnership by Universal Music Germany), The Original Rudeboys, The Minutes and Funeral Suits.
The ongoing success of Rodrigo y Gabriela is inextricably linked to Rubyworks. Niall Muckian has managed Rod & Gab since 2001, and their global success story - 1.5 million albums sold worldwide, and countless sold-out tours across the continents - is part and parcel of the foundation of the label and our associated management services.
Rubyworks has also enjoyed critical success with other international artists - Josephine (UK), John Murry (USA) and Little Roy (Jamaica).
Experience and consistency are key elements to the Rubyworks story. Label Manager Roger Quail joined in 2005, bringing a wealth of international knowledge with him. Junior Label Manager Eoin Aherne has been at Rubyworks for five years, and we have just been joined by Label Assistant Brian Bateman.
Since formation, we have seen retail empires crumble (and rise again), the emergence and dominance of digital downloads, the exciting new developments in streaming and the return of vinyl. Throughout these tumultuous times our love for music has remained undimmed and the thrill of working with talented artists is more rewarding than ever.