Our purpose is to provide musicians with musical instruments that capture their love for music, and allows them to experience it to the full. We are a musical instrument manufacturing company, crafting instruments that musicians desire. We listen to our customers, the market and the global music community to ensure they are provided with the instruments that make their sound, great.
With respect for the world we have been given, the “Ruach Breathe” initiative focusses on minimizing the companies carbon footprint.
Brought up in the coastal town of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, with a love for music and woodwork, at the age of 16 I, Stephen, decided to build my very own cajon after playing one for the first time at a jam at my friends house. The reason? I couldn’t afford one, but I also wanted to try and make one that sounded even better!
The result was something that very much looked like it was thrown together with scrap wood in a garage (it was), but it sounded beautiful. As I progressed through school, percussionists from around the UK were becoming familiar with my work, and continued calling me up (often during class time) asking me to introduce features to their custom cajons they wanted me to build. A theme began reoccurring again, and again.. A kick pedal built inside the cajon.
At first, I thought it wasn’t feasible and there was a reason why no other manufacturer was offering this. But curiosity got the better of me, and many designs were sketched down and prototyped trying to make the kick work as best possible. Many evenings after school later, the first MK3 was completed with the infamous internal bass pedal featured. The first Ruach MK3 was made for a customer in Scotland who worked closely with me ensuring the finished unit met his specification.
After this, I quickly realised this hobby had potential to become a business, and so in the summer of 2013 after finishing my A-Levels, I secured my first retailer, Matchetts Music, Belfast, and began to pursue my dream.
By 2015, we expanded our catalogue to include a total of 5 cajons, a new stompbox with a variety of accessories. As our dealers increased in number, by Summer 2015 we closed our first distribution deal with the well respected brand, Korg – cementing the Ruach brand in the MI Industry and increasing our reach and brand awareness significantly.
We have since been expanding the Ruach team, our manufacturing facility and supply chain, continually listening to our customers and the market – working hard to bring out new products and accessories for them to enjoy. We are proud to now offer Handmade Electric Guitars, Exotic Hardwood Effects Pedals, Hardwood, Tolex and Tweed Pedalboards, Cajons and more! With plans to continue to innovate within the music industry, we exist to make music that bit more fun!