Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette
Welcome to the website for the musical duo Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette
Check the "Videos" link above to see performance videos and to get an idea about what the music is like. New things will be posted there periodically.
The "Press" link above has quotes from publications and high-quality photos that can be used for publicity purposes.
The "Bios" link above has biographical information about both Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette.
The "Recordings" link above has information and ordering info for their recordings. Two of those are of the trio "Bread and Bones", which was Ruane and Duquette along with the bass player Mitch Barron. Those albums are "I Know Stories" and "Could Have Been a Dream". Before Bread and Bones existed, Richard Ruane recorded the album "Things That Strangers Say" with a number of friends including the future members of Bread and Bones and the former members of Feast or Famine.
The “Shows” link above has upcoming dates.
Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette have been performing music together since the late 1990s. This Vermont-based acoustic duo performs primarily original music with a clear traditional-roots influence. They are known for their strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Ruane provides an inventive instrumental backing on guitars, octave mandolin and ukulele.
In addition to their original music, they perform traditional songs from the United States and the British Isles, songs by other songwriters and a few jazz standards. Their original songs are often compared with traditional songs as well as with the songwriting of Richard Thompson and Tim O’Brien.
For a number of years they performed as a trio under the name “Bread and Bones” with the addition of bassist Mitch Barron.
They have toured throughout New England and beyond, appeared in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, on Folkstage on WMFT, Chicago, Illinois, on Bound for Glory on WVBR, Ithaca, New York, and at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Ruane’s songwriting has received wide recognition. He has been a finalist or award-winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest, the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriter Showcase.