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Meet Stephen Henderson…Ruach Music

June 16, 2019

If you’d asked him a decade ago when he was 13-years-old what he wanted to be when he grew up – he probably wouldn’t have said entrepreneur.

If you’d asked him where he wanted to live when he grew up  – he might have said right here.

That’s the joy of having watched the rise of Ruach Music.

Everything you need to know about him can be found both in the name of his business – Ruach means spirit, wind, breath or air and in his first product, the cajon – a drum, which in his words is

..such simple instrument but you can do so much with it.

And that he has!

His story can be heard here. He covers his journey from building his first cajon at 16 because he couldn’t afford it otherwise, through to customising instruments for other musicians by request.

He launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to finance expanding production. Since then products have been added – all of which they manufacturer and export.

There’s now a team of seven – and even better they’re giving back!

In support of being “a brand at the heart of the music industry“, they’ve launched two initiatives.

The Ruach Sessions – supporting musicians in their early days with free videos and the Ruach Roster – the global family of artists they endorse.

In 2014, he was kind enough to present at an event in a series I was co-hosting with young tech entrepreneur, Chris McCabe. Newry Creates was designed to showcase the kind of innovation and regional economic impact that Ruach Music and so many others – have launched in South Down, across Ulster and around the island of Ireland. We can and do turn ideas into livelihoods.

Stephen Henderson inspired then – and continues to inspire now. Beyond telling the world about the latest products, this campaign will support the training of a student and further up-skilling the team in order to continue their commitment to craftsmanship.

So now we’re delighted to share the details of his latest Kickstarter campaign – The World’s First Pocket Guitar Stand.

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