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merlefest 2015

Steve & Ruth will perform again at Merlefest 2018
(their 8th time !)


Steve & Ruth receive five nominations in the 2018 JPF International Music Awards, the largest music awards in the world for independent musicians.
17,400 albums and 240,000 songs submitted with 10 nominees being selected in each catagory.
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Steve & Ruth's latest CD "A Good Life"
(Click here)

It includes their most requested song "My Little Cowboy"

Ruth's latest arrangements book
"Touch of Grace"
is in its 3rd printing now and available.
It contains Ruth's Christmas and Hymns arrangements.
Click here to order




"The soul of mountain music and the gentle grace of mountain air."
- Ohio Magazine
"Absolutely magical..."
- Dirty Linen Folk and World Music Magazine

Acoustic Americana Music
with Celtic & Appalachian Roots
A unique musical experience!

Steve and Ruth Smith
from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
play a unique blend of Appalachian Americana music featuring hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, and old-time banjo. Steve and Ruth play and sing the music reminiscent of the old homeplace where family, love, faith, and sense of place are the foundations of heritage and traditions.

Steve and Ruth, both of Scottish heritage, 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, old-time banjo, and vocals to the duo. Of Steve’s songwriting, Dulcimer Players News’ Bill Troxler says “He is a master story teller and the perfect vocalist to convey the meaning of the lyrics. His songs stand out for their imagery and melodic strength . . .
on a par with John Denver’s songs.”



Steve and Ruth are available for concerts, festivals, and workshops, plus private and corporate functions.

Now booking for 2018 & 2019

For Booking contact:
Cabin Cove Music
(828) 297-1918


Give a Listen - Audio Sample

Steve and Ruth's music is regularly heard on XM & Sirius satellite radio, Pandora, Spotify, Highlander Radio Networks, NPR ,and acoustic music format radio stations around the U.S.
Steve and Ruth have been featured on the PBS TV series "Song of the Mountains", NPR’s All Songs Considered and Thistle & Shamrock, in Ohio Magazine, and Dulcimer Players News.

In 2014, Steve and Ruth were inducted into "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame" for their performing, preserving, & promoting traditional country music.They were named "Americana Instrumental Group of the Year" at the 2013 Appalachian Cultural Music Association Awards! And, were 2009 & 2018 Roots Music nominees in the JPF International Music Awards, the world's largest awards for independent musicians.

They are both nationally known workshop instructors, teaching at festivals and folk schools.


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