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Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette – Notch Road on Riptone Records
Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette’s new album Notch Road has an official release date of May 4, 2018. It is on Riptone Records of Ripton, Vermont. It will be available through CD Baby and most online and local sources.
Notch Road is the first album by Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette as a duo. Along with bassist Mitch Barron they performed for eight years as Bread and Bones and released two albums, one of which was named Vermont’s Traditional Album of the Year by Vermont’s Times-Argus newspaper. They were nominated by two folk DJs to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance’s DJ Showcase and the trio performed as Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Richard Ruane was a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalist and an award-winner from the Songwriter's Association of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriting Showcase. Terry Lickona, the producer of “Austin City Limits” said of Ruane’s songwriting: “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. Ruane plugs into his soul’s emotions to bring forth well-crafted songs that speak a universal language, and linger for a long time.”
Notch Road has Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette swapping leads and harmonies on original songs that show a deep devotion to traditional ballads, 1930s style jazz and just plain originality. 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 the Vermont 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.
The two cover songs on the album are Saint James Infirmary, with additional words and a new refrain by Ruane, and the whaling ballad “Harbour of Typee” attributed to the great songwriter/song collector, Ewan MacColl.
Duquette sings and Ruane sings and plays octave mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, ukulele and mandolin. They are joined on this album by Mitch Barron on acoustic and fretless bass and vocals; Matt Flinner on mandolin; Michael Chorney on electric guitar; Patrick Fitzsimmons on percussion and vocals; Phil Henry on banjo and vocals; Wendy Sassafras Ramsay on clarinet, accordion and vocals; Stephen Rooney on trombone; Alice Weston on tuba; Allison Norton Henry on vocals; and Rick Wilson on electric bass.
"Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through." - Robert Resnik – host of “All the Traditions” on Vermont Public Radio
In addition to being musicians Ruane and Duquette have long been active as presenters in Vermont’s acoustic music scene. Currently they are co-directors of the Ripton Community Coffee House, a once-a-month concert series based in Ripton, Vermont, and Ruane is president and Duquette the head of the programming committee for the Middlebury Festival on the Green, a week-long series of noon-time and evening concerts in Middlebury, Vermont, which happens every July.
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