Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette are a Vermont-based acoustic duo performing original music that is steeped in tradition, but of its own time. Richard Ruane has an expressive baritone voice and a very articulate style of playing that's evident in on all the instruments he plays. These include guitar, tenor guitar, octave mandolin, ukulele, mandolin and tenor banjo. Beth Duquette has a rich alto that weaves through the music. Richard and Beth switch off on lead and harmony vocals.
Their songwriting has won awards from the Song writer'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.
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”.
Their latest album, "Notch Road" had its early release in May, 2018 and its formal release in June, 2018. It has thirteen new songs. Ten different wonderful musician make guest appearances on it. Click on this link to a medley of song clips from Notch Road.
The album was #19 on the DJFolk International list for June 2018.
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."