Five Firsts: Richard Ruane of Bread & Bones

Bread and Bones
Bread and Bones

NAME: Richard Ruane
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Nashville Skyline” by Bob Dylan. He had better ones, but there are some great songs on it.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Pete Seeger at my junior high school. There were about 150 people in the auditorium and another twenty or thirty picketing outside with signs saying “Pete Seeger is a communist” and “Don’t let our kids hear Unamerican music”. I didn’t really know Pete’s music back then but the picketers alone would have been enough motivation to get me to go.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A crappy Montgomery Wards “Airline” guitar. I got it for my tenth birthday. I didn’t really learn to play for another eight years.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … An old traditional ballad called “Cold Rain and Snow” that I sang a cappella when I was fourteen.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … A duo with my friend Paul Carson in high school. We didn’t have a real name and never got paid for playing but we did manage to play a little festival once for free.

Richard Ruane and his bandmates in the Vermont-based acoustic trio Bread & Bones will be sharing the stage with Sally Spring at 8pm Friday (October 14) for a Friday Night Sampler concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Tix are $10.

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  1. Normando says

    “Pete Seeger at my junior high school.”
    – And now we know why “Clue, the Unitarian Edition” never really caught on.

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