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MP3 Steve and Ruth Smith - Dancin' Cross the Strings

A unique instrumental blend of Celtic Appalachian music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina featuring hammered dulcimer and guitar along with flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, shuttle bagpipes, bodhran, and limberjack.

15 MP3 Songs
NEW AGE: Celtic New Age, FOLK: Appalachian Folk

The traditional music of Scotland and Ireland first found its way into the back country of the Blue Ridge Mountains over 200 years ago with Scots-Irish settlers. This Celtic music formed the foundation for our traditional music of Appalachia.

Steve and Ruth, both of Scots-Irish heritage, take the listener from the traditional Celtic music of Scotland and Ireland that migrated into the Appalachian Mountains, through the early music of the Southern Highlands, and on to five new songs written by Ruth that are representative of the Celtic Appalachian musical heritage and experience.

Steve and Ruth live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. This small region in the corner of North Carolina, which includes east Tennessee and southwest Virginia, is one of the richest areas for traditional music in the United States. From the Carter Family to Doc Watson to Frank Proffit Sr. and countless others,the music of the Southern Appalachians was born and lives here today. Steve and Ruth use hammered dulcimer and guitar to keep this music alive and growing.

The ancient tunes of Scottish fiddler Niel Gow (1727-1807) and Irish Harper Turlough O''Carolan (1670-1738), along with traditional tunes from the "Golden Age of Celtic Music", come alive in a new and refreshing way with Steve and Ruth''s creative arrangements throughout this CD.


"Ruth’s delicate yet decisive playing on the hammered dulcimer is one of the things that gives Dancin’ Cross the Strings its lively Celtic character."
Jeff Eason
The Mountain Times


"Ruth’s shimmering, cascading dulcimer melodies and Steve’s warm, finger-style guitar are enhanced throughout the disc by the supporting cast who add depth and emotion to the delicate music."
David Brewer
High Country Press

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