Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith – The Early Years


In celebration of Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith’s 20-year anniversary of their musical collaboration, the duo released this double album CD that includes selections from the duo’s first two recordings, Aeolus (1981), and Music of the Rolling World (1982). These albums are collections of traditional British Isles ballads, songs and instrumental pieces, including original songs set to traditional folk melodies that celebrate the seasonal year.

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Track Listing:

Bird on the Briar, Never Weather Beaten Saile, The Mermaid, Lullaby for Amanda, Every Woman Born, King of the Faeries, Aeolus the Wind, As I Roved Out, Lesson for Two Lutes, Blow the Candles Out, Pastime with Good Company, The Rolling of the Stones, The Weary Cutters, Unicorns, Sovay, I Live Not Where I Love, Three French Dances, Faerie’s Love Song, The Rolling World, The Broomfield Hill, Pavan No. 1, The Weaver and the Factory Maid, Planxty Irwin/Loch Lovan Castle, The Cuckoo, Lovers of the Moon, Cambridge May Song. Two pieces from these original albums are on the Deepening CD.

Released 1999

“With their first album these two talented women step forth and establish a strong musical identity. Drawing on Medieval and Renaissance music of the British Isles for materials and inspiration, they have created a musical tapestry women from their voices, dulcimer and their striking arrangements.” Walnut Valley Occasional (review of Aeolus)

“This is one of the most beautiful records ever made.” ~George Winston, Windham Hill Artist

“Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith produce music which faithfully recreates eras so far bygone that it reaches into our psychic depths of myth and imagination, emotionally transporting us in ways nothing on the radio can.” ~Music Connection Magazine

“Few mountain dulcimer players can make the dulcimer sound as classic as can Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith. An additional bonus is the superb vocal quality of Ruth and Cyntia. The overall effect is one of classic beauty. Anyone with a love of music should thoroughly enjoy this album.” ~The Walnut Valley Occasional (review of Music of the Rolling World)

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Weight 5 oz


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