Acoustic Americana Concerts

Steve and Ruth are a performing and recording power house. Their music is beautifully arranged and performed and they’re among the best and busiest ambassadors we have for hammered and mountain dulcimer. ”

— Dan Landrum, Dulcimer Players News



Steve and Ruth share their music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Both of Scottish heritage, they take the audience from the traditional Celtic music of Scotland and Ireland that migrated with the Scots-Irish into the Appalachian Mountains, through the early music of the Southern Highlands, and on to Steve & Ruth's heartwarming original music
about mountain life and rural Appalachian values.


Ruth plays the hammered and Appalachian mountain dulcimers, with Steve on fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals. Steve has a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University with a major emphasis in Appalachian music and folk life. In the 1990s, Steve created, produced, wrote and hosted the weekly multi-state syndicated radio program “The Appalachian Way,” a program about the music and folk life of Appalachia.

With Steve and Ruth's warm, friendly rapport with audiences, concert goers feel like they are just part of the family,
becoming loyal, long-term friends and fans of their music.


On stage at MerleFest 

For an entertaining musical experience for audiences of
all ages, backgrounds, and interests:

"Steve & Ruth Smith in Concert"
is the event you will be proud to present to your audiences. 

Book now 
for your special event, festival, or performing arts venue!

Contact us: 
Cabin Cove Music 
(828) 297-1918