NAME: Richard Ruane
BAND AFFILIATION: Bread and Bones
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.