November 25, 2008
Steve and Ruth have been playing music together for over 30 years. From their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, they have performed their Celtic Appalachian music extensively in the U.S. from North Carolina to Hawaii. They have also been cultural music representatives of the Appalachian region, touring abroad in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Canada.
Ruth plays the hammered and Appalachian mountain dulcimers with Steve supporting on fingerstyle acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals. Steve and Ruth are two-time recipients of a North Carolina Arts Council grant.
Their latest CD, "An Appalachian Winter" features Hammered Dulcimer & Guitar. Each year as the first snowflakes begin to fall over the Appalachians, a quiet hush comes over these ancient mountains and there's a stark, peaceful beauty throughout. This wintry splendor is captured here in "An Appalachian Winter" With gentle instrumental music created on traditional acoustic instruments, featuring hammered dulcimer and guitar along with flute, pennywhistle, Celtic harp and percussion in a special collection of songs for the Christmas season.
"An Appalachian Winter" (15 cuts) is a unique blend of traditional Holiday classics, Appalachian Christmas favorites, and new original, wintry pieces that make this CD definitely not your average Holiday CD.
Celtic Radio Comments:
Steve and Ruth Smith have followed up to their outstanding "Dancin' Cross the Strings" CD with an equally beautiful and impressive holiday CD called "An Appalachian Winter." Featuring 15 melodies of some of the finest Christmas music to accompany your holiday festivities and late night Christmas wrapping, "An Appalachian Winter" is sure to be one of your favorite Christmas CDs each and every holiday season.
A well balanced CD with time treasured tracks such as "Silent Night", "Angels we have Heard on High" and "Carol of the Bells", along with 3 original pieces composed by Ruth Smith - "An Appalachian Winter", "Winter's Finale" and "Snow Angels." The beauty and flowing melodies of Steve and Ruth are sure to warm your house this holiday season. Perfect Christmas music to listen to by the fireplace or as the snow is falling by the window. 5 holiday Celtic Radio stars for "An Appalachian Winter."