Steve and Ruth

"Steve and Ruth are a performing and recording power house. Their music is beautifully arranged and performed and they’re among the best and busiest ambassadors we have for hammered and mountain dulcimer." 
-Dan Landrum, Dulcimer Players News

Americana concerts in the musical heritage and tradition of the Appalachian mountains.


Steve and Ruth share where the music of the Appalachian Mountains came from and how it lives on in modern times. Both of Scots-Irish heritage, they take the audience from the traditional Celtic music of Scotland and Ireland that migrated with the Scots-Irish into the Appalachian Mountains, through the early music of the Southern Highlands, and on to Steve & Ruth's heartwarming original music about mountain life and rural Appalachian values.


Ruth plays the hammered and Appalachian mountain dulcimers, with Steve on fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals. Steve has a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University with a major emphasis in Appalachian music and folk life. In the 1990s, Steve created, produced, wrote and hosted the weekly multi-state syndicated radio program “The Appalachian Way,”
a program about the music and folk life of Appalachia.

With Steve and Ruth's warm, friendly rapport with audiences, concert goers feel like they are just part of the family, becoming loyal, long-term friends and
fans of their music.


On stage at MerleFest 

For an entertaining and informative experience for groups of
all ages, backgrounds, and interests:

"Steve & Ruth Smith - The Musical Heritage of Appalachia" 
is the concert you will be proud to present to your audiences. 

Book now 
for your special event!

Cabin Cove Music
(828) 297-1918


Companion CDs for both of Ruth’s hammered dulcimer arrangements books!
Sheet Music or Buy CDs and Downloadsfor more info.

Steve and Ruth Smith

Steve and Ruth's music is regularly heard on XM & Sirius Satellite Radio, Pandora, Spotify, Highlander Radio Networks, NPR and acoustic music format radio stations around the U.S. Steve and Ruth have been featured on the PBS TV series Song of the Mountains, NPR’s All Songs Considered and Thistle & Shamrock, in Ohio Magazine, and Dulcimer Players News.

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Upcoming Dates

  • 04/25/2019
    Ozark Folk Center - Mountain View, AR
  • 06/08/2019
    Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival - Morris, IL
  • 06/23/2019
    Kentucky Music Week - Bardstown, KY
  • 07/18/2019
    Original Dulcimer Players Club Funfest - Evart, Michigan
  • 09/18/2019
    Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, KS