"These are all the best Vermont songs, but this (Ellie Brown) is also the most Vermont song. Ruane packs in hyper-local references from Windham County to Middlebury to Rutland. You needn’t know any of those references to be transfixed by the song though. It sounds like an ancient folk tune, something Bob Dylan might have covered before he picked up a pen, but is in fact an original. An instant classic, beautifully aided by Beth Duquette’s harmonies." Ray Padgett, County Tracks May 2018

"Continuing their very successful recording career, the two Ripton musicians have produced an album that echoes their previous recordings. It is virtually flawless.” “Ruane’s song, “Ellie Brown,” tells a story about Vermont in the style of a traditional ballad that could have been collected by Helen Hartness Flanders.“ “As with the duo’s previous work, 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.” “With Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette, we are treated to a wonderfully entertaining album." Art Edelstein, The Vermont Times Argus, June 2018


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

 Photo by Michael Waters-

Photo by Michael Waters-

"Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through." Robert Resnik – Vermont’s Seven Days

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"Ruane’s work on guitar is full of finesse and creativity. [Ruane’s writing] possesses the three critical tools necessary to any writer in any genre – narrative sensibility, a poet’s ear, and a sense of humor."  Jeff Trippe - Maine Folk Music 


"Duquette’s and Ruane’s voices weave delightfully through each other and the music. Herb van der Poll "- Vermont's Seven Days

Press for for Richard, Beth & Mitch Barron:

"Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron demonstrated their sophistication as performers Saturday at the Music Box. They shared a warm and spontaneous sense of humor that kept everyone entertained through their almost two dozen songs. Ruane is a skillful player of guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele with a classic folk singers voice, and he composed most of the tunes. Duquette has a particularly lovely, pure voice with fine enunciation. Barron provides an excellent foundation rhythm on his electric bass guitar and upright double bass. Ruane and Duquette harmonize well vocally, that male/female contrast enriching the melodic lines. Traditional folk songs rounded out the interestingly varied repertoire of this group. Ruane's original songs had excellent melodies, combining imaginative lyrics with well-crafted tunes, frequently having demanding instrumental work." - David K. Rodgers, Hardwick Gazette