Delight Your Audience

Dave Ruch is a full-time performer and researcher of historical and traditional music whose work has been featured on American Public Media, in Emmy Award-winning documentaries, and on stages across North America and the U.K.

“Dave is phenomenal”
— Sara Ogger, Phd, Executive Director, The New York Council For The Humanities

With expert musicianship and a warm, effortless style, he delights adult audiences with authentic songs and stories from the people who built and settled our communities – – farmers, domestics, lumbermen, fiddlers, women, soldiers, children, immigrants, sailors, native americans, canallers, and more.

“Mighty…the audience loved it”
— Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award-Winning Musician, Folklorist and Author

Dave finds his song material in dusty archives, obscure songbooks, diaries, old field recordings, scholarly journals and sometimes from his own children, and brings these gems to life with great skill on banjo, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, bones, spoons, washboard and jaw harp.

“People lined up to comment about how engaging you are”
– Jill Breit, Executive Director, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), Canton NY

Dave Ruch is a Public Scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities, a writer for The Huffington Post, and a member of the New York State Historical Association, Canal Society of New York State, New York Folklore Society, and the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies.

“Dave knows how to hold his audience spellbound”
– Sylvia Parker & Betty Tabor, Mayfield NY Historical Society