A gentle blend of Celtic, Classical and Appalachian music, featuring hammered dulcimer and guitar along wtih flute, pennywhistle, bodhran (traditional Irish drum) and bowed Appalachian dulcimer.
A gentle blend of Celtic, Classical, Appalachian, and World music, An Appalachian Aire reflects the remarkable mix of music that has found its way over the past two hundred years into the Appalachian Mountains. Reflecting the beauty and traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this all-instrumental CD is a collection grown out of the artists' Scots-Irish heritage, Ruth's classical music training, and Steve's mountain folk roots.
"What wonderful music. What a delight to travel with your ethereal music playing. Having grown up in Haywood County, North Carolina and having moved to the Piedmont in 1968, I'm still a mountain girl at heart. When Si Bheag Si Mhor started playing, I wept tears of joy. That has always been a favorite. Thank you for making it possible for me to have a breath of Mountain Aire whenever my soul needs one." Martha Chapel Hill,North Carolina
"One of our favorite and best selling CDs over the last two years is An Appalachian Aire by Steve and Ruth Smith. This CD features Ruth’s lovely, straight forward hammered dulcimer expertly blended with Steve’s accompanying guitar. Flute and pennywhistle add interest on a number of cuts. The disc features beautiful arrangements of Celtic, Appalachian and classical melodies. When customers ask for something flowing, relaxing and melodic we recommend An Appalachian Aire. The fact that this music is made by folks from right here in the high country is also a great plus - our visitors like to take home some of the mountains."
Bill and Jewel Magee, The Dulcimer Shop Blowing Rock, NC December 2006
"Having been given the responsibility of putting together a video presentation touting the ambiance, sights and amenities of Asheville, North Carolina, I immediately gave thought to the music I would use in the presentation. The music had to reflect the best of the area's native sounds, utilizing instruments of the area and reflecting the Scots-Irish influence of its settlers. I was greatly pleased to find a most beautiful collection of music by Steve and Ruth Smith, titled "An Appalachian Aire." Their talents, the instruments used and the selection of music captured the beauty, dignity and awe of the western North Carolina high country. Their music was the perfect choice. Persons who viewed the presentation absolutely loved it, and the music was certainly part of the reason why."
Jeff Cloninger Director of Public Relations and Marketing Office of Business Affairs Appalachian State University