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Bread and Bones

Member sinceAugust 04, 2008
MembersRichard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron
InfluencesRichard Thompson, Richard Shindell, John Gorka
Artist Biography:
Bread and Bones is a Vermont-based acoustic trio performing original music with a strong traditional-roots foundation. Made up of Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron, their sound is characterized by imaginative two- and three-part harmonies over solid guitar and bass work.

They were part of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's 2009 Emerging Artist Showcase. Their CD "I Know Stories" was named Vermont's Best Traditional Album of 2008. Ruane was a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest and the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition. He was an award winner at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriter Showcase.

Ruane's songwriting has been compared at times to Richard Shindell, Richard Thompson and John Gorka. The sound of their harmonies has been compared to Tim and Molly O'Brien.

In addition to their original music, they also perform traditional songs from America and the British Isles, songs by other songwriters and a few jazz standards. Richard Ruane's warm baritone voice blends beautifully with Beth Duquette’s expressive alto. Ruane plays guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. Mitch Barron adds his wonderful presence on fretless, fretted and upright bass and vocals.

Richard, Beth and Mitch have been in a large number of different groups over the years, including Feast or Famine, Sundog, The Hibernators, Wild Branch, The Rebecca Padula Band, The Michele Fay Band and Womensing.

Between the three of them they have shared the stage with Phish, Pete Seeger, Brooks Williams, Lynn Miles, Rani Arbo, Louise Taylor, Robin Williamson, Slaid Cleaves, Jennifer Kimball, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen as well as Rachel Bissex.

Beth and Richard are also actively involved in presenting music in Vermont. Both Richard and Beth are on the board of directors and the selection committees for the Ripton Community Coffee House and the Middlebury Festival on the Green.

More by Bread and Bones:

Bread and Bones
I Know Stories
I Was Not Born Here
No Angels
You Call to Me

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