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Notch Road

by Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette

Influenced by traditional music with a touch of thirties jazz; this album features award-winning song writing, lovely duet harmonies, and intricate and imaginative instrumental accompaniment. Ruane and Duquette were formerly in the trio "Bread & Bones."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Saint James Infirmary
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
4:30 $0.99
2. Ellie Brown
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
4:14 $0.99
3. Stuffing Clams in Exeter
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
2:53 $0.99
4. Come on Back
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
3:11 $0.99
5. I Spy
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
2:49 $0.99
6. Call Home Waltz
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
3:24 $0.99
7. Old Notch Road
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
4:18 $0.99
8. Harbor of Typee
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
4:10 $0.99
9. Bus Stop
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
2:44 $0.99
10. Last Time You Came Around
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
3:22 $0.99
11. Living in a Dream
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
2:42 $0.99
12. Two Crows
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
3:07 $0.99
13. Back with Rosemarie
Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette
3:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Richard Ruane is an award winning songwriter. He was a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalist and an award-winner from the Songwriter's Association of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriting Showcase. Terry Lickona, the producer of “Austin City Limits” said of Ruane’s songwriting: “Ruane is adept at the fine art of storytelling put to song. His originals speak to different shades of love, joy, mystery and real life. Ruane plugs into his soul’s emotions to bring forth well-crafted songs that speak a universal language, and linger for a long time.”

"Notch Road" features Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette swapping leads and harmonies on (almost entirely) original songs. These show a deep devotion to traditional ballads, 1930s style jazz and just plain originality. Ranging from the light-hearted to the serious, the songs cover a range of topics including making stuffed clams in a factory, the toll addiction takes on a family, lost love, living happily with love, a conversation between two crows as flood waters rise, and imagining an extended personal ad from the Vermont "Seven Days" weekly newspaper column “I Spy” as delivered by an open mic performer. Many of the songs have a strong sense of place with specific references to locations around Vermont as well as a song starting in a bus shelter on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis and another starting in the twin cities of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN.

There are two cover songs on the album. One is Saint James Infirmary with additional words and a new refrain by Ruane. The other is the whaling ballad “Harbour of Typee” attributed to the great songwriter/song collector from the United Kingdom, Ewan MacColl.

Ruane and Duquette along with bassist Mitch Barron performed for eight years as the trio Bread and Bones. They released two albums, one of which was named Vermont’s Traditional Album of the Year by Vermont’s Times-Argus newspaper. They were nominated by two folk DJs to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance’s DJ Showcase. The trio also performed as Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Duquette sings and Ruane sings and plays octave mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, ukulele and mandolin. They are joined on this album by Mitch Barron on acoustic and fretless bass and vocals; Matt Flinner on mandolin; Michael Chorney on electric guitar; Patrick Fitzsimmons on percussion and vocals; Phil Henry on banjo and vocals; Wendy Sassafras Ramsay on clarinet, accordion and vocals; Stephen Rooney on trombone; Alice Weston on tuba; Allison Norton Henry on vocals; and Rick Wilson on electric bass.

In addition to being musicians Ruane and Duquette have long been active as presenters in Vermont’s acoustic music scene. Currently they are co-directors of the Ripton Community Coffee House, a once-a-month concert series based in Ripton, Vermont, and Ruane is president and Duquette the head of the programming committee for the Middlebury Festival on the Green, a week-long series of noon-time and evening concerts in Middlebury, Vermont, which happens every July.

Between them they have shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Phish, Brooks Williams, Lynn Miles, Louise Taylor, Robin Williamson, Slaid Cleaves, Jennifer Kimball, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.

"Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through." - Robert Resnik – host of “All the Traditions” on Vermont Public Radio

Notch Road was recorded between May, 2016 and February, 2018.

Full musician line up:
Richard Ruane: vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, ukulele, tenor guitar, and mandolin
Beth Duquette: vocals
With help from:
Mitch Barron: acoustic and fretless bass on Ellie Brown, Come on Back Around, I Spy, Old Notch Road, Bus Stop, Last Time You Came Around, Living in a Dream, Two Crows, and Back with Rosemarie
Matt Flinner: mandolin on Ellie Brown and Call Home Waltz
Wendy Sassafras Ramsay: clarinet on Last Time You Came Around and accordion and vocals on I Spy
Stephen Rooney: trombone on Saint James Infirmary and Stuffing Clams in Exeter
Alice Weston: tuba on Saint James Infirmary and Stuffing Clams in Exeter
Patrick Fitzsimmons: percussion on Last Time You Came Around and vocals on I Spy
Michael Chorney: electric guitar on Old Notch Road
Phil Henry: banjo and vocals on I Spy
Allison Norton Henry: vocals on I Spy
Rick Wilson: electric bass on Call Home Waltz



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