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United States - North Carolina

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Steve and Ruth Smith

Appalachian Americana Music with Celtic Roots - A unique musical experience!

Steve and Ruth Smith, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, play a unique blend of Celtic Appalachian music featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Both of Scots-Irish heritage, Steve and Ruth have been performing together for over 40 years across the United States and around the world.

Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine says “ Ruth Smith's touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical, with exquisite phrasing, highlighting the range of the instrument especially on her own pieces.”

Steve, an ASCAP award-winning song-writer, adds fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals to the duo. Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine says Steve Smith's accompaniment on guitar and clawhammer banjo provides "a traditional . . . rich, true sound" to their Celtic Appalachian music.

Steve and Ruth's music is regularly heard on XM & Sirius satellite radio, Dish and Direct-TV music channels, Highlander Radio Networks, and acoustic music format radio stations around the U.S. They have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, All Songs Considered, Thistle & Shamrock, and in Dulcimer Players News. They were 2017 & 2009 nominees in JPF International Music Awards, the world's largest awards for independent musicians.