Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette are a Vermont-based acoustic duo performing original music with a clear traditional-roots influence that is steeped in tradition, but of its own time. They are known for their strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Some of thier original songs harken back to traditional ballads and jazz tunes from the 30’s, but also remain firmly rooted in life’s current challenges and joy. Ruane sings and provides inventive instrumental backing on guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin and ukulele, while Duquette contributes lead and inspired harmony vocals. Ruane and Duquette perform with a comfortable ease and audience rapport that comes from many years of collaboration and love of creating music together.
Their songwriting has won awards from the Songwriter's Association of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriting Showcase and they have been finalists at Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition in Kerrville, Texas, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest and the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition.
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, Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York and many other venues throughout the northeast.
“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.” Terry Lickona - producer of Austin City Limits
“Duquette’s and Ruane’s voices weave delightfully through each other and the music.” Herb van der Poll Vermont's Seven Days
“Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through.” Robert Resnick – Vermont’s Seven Days
“This is music with substance and intelligence covering a variety of themes.“ “Ranging from the light-hearted to the serious, the songs cover making stuffed clams in a factory, the toll addiction takes, lost love, living happily with love, two crows conversing, and imagining an extended personal ad from Vermont’s Seven Days weekly newspaper column “I Spy.”Many of the songs have a strong sense of place with specific references to locations around Vermont and elsewhere."-Art Edelstein, Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus and the Rutland Herald
Thier latest release “Notch Road” was #19 on the DJFolk International list for June 2018 right after it’s release and included on a number of end of year Best Of 2018 lists.
It quickly was chosen as a CD of the week on Midnight Special Chicago 98.7 FM and one of the things said in Art Edelstein's review of it was “With Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette, we are treated to a wonderfully entertaining album."
Richard and Beth previously performed as Bread and Bones, a trio with bassist Mitch Barron. They have been juried into the prestigious Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance's showcases.
The trio's first CD "I Know Stories" was named Vermont's Best Traditional Album of the year by the Times-Argus Newspaper.
“Best Traditional Album 2008: The album "I Know Stories" proves how good a folk album can be without adding percussion or whiz-bang studio technology to the recording. What we hear on this CD is excellent singing, superb songwriting and fine instrumentation. This CD was flawless, a joy to listen to.”Art Edelstein - Times Argus Newspaper of Montpelier, VT
The trio's second CD "Could Have Been a Dream" was described by critics as “An eloquent and powerful statement”, and “A great piece of writing that really hits home”.