Ruth’s many years of classical training give her a special touch, and she is recognized for her delicate, expressive style. Ruth is known for bringing the softer side of the hammered dulcimer to life.

Dirty Linen World & Folk Music Magazine says:

“Ruth Smith’s touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical, with exquisite phrasing, highlighting the range of the instrument, especially on her own pieces.”

Dulcimer Players News says:

Ruth is “very sensitive to the nuances of the music, allowing each tune to breathe.” She employs hands-on teaching techniques which place special emphasis on playing expressively.

A native North Carolinian, Ruth began playing music at a very young age and enjoys the adaptability of the hammered dulcimer to many types of music, from traditional fiddle tunes and Appalachian songs, to Celtic and classical melodies.

After playing many different musical instruments through the years, she found the hammered dulcimer to be a “fit” to her personality and a wonderful tool of self-expression. Ruth, who studied music at the University of Illinois, composes music especially for the hammered dulcimer and her compositions have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and in Dulcimer Players News magazine. Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine says “Ruth Smith’s touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical with exquisite phrasing.” She teaches hammered dulcimer workshops (click here) at festivals throughout the country. Ruth is also accomplished in traditional Appalachian fiber arts, including weaving and spinning.

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