"Dave has a knack for crowd involvement that is so strong you love to watch him work. He is by far a prime example of extraordinary New York performers." Adele Burnett, Director of Tourism, Town of Inlet NY

1812 School

1812 Adults


Dave Ruch is a special musician and performer widely noted for his ability to engage audiences of all kinds.

Dave travels regionally and internationally from his home base in Buffalo NY, giving hundreds of concerts and workshops each year for schools, music festivals, libraries, historical societies, professional conferences, folk music organizations, museums and community events across the northeastern U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Equal parts historian, entertainer, educator, comedian and folklorist, he finds his song material in dusty archives, obscure songbooks, diaries, old recordings, scholarly journals and sometimes from his own children, and brings these gems to life in a most entertaining style.

Whether singing in the old unaccompanied style, or backing himself with great skill on banjo, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, bones, spoons, washboard or jaw harp, joyful songs combine with stories and humor to captivate audiences young and old.   

Dave Ruch is 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.

"We were delighted with his unique program...Dave knows how to hold his audience, young and old, spellbound" -SYLVIA PARKER & BETTY TABOR, MAYFIELD NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A Few Upcoming Performances 
(school programs not listed)
April 1

Dick and Jenny’s
with Jim Whitford and John Martz
Grand Island NY

April 2

Online concerts
for schools nationwide

April 2
Byron Bergen Public Library
Bergen NY
April 10
Texas Distance Learning Association
remote presentation
April 12
Opening for Tracy Grammer at Buffalo Friends of Folk Music Williamsville NY
April 14
Lockport Public Library
Lockport NY
April 17
ELA Network of Ontario
April 18
Boom Days event with
The Canal Street String Band

Buffalo NY
April 21
Online concerts
for schools nationwide
April 23
Upper Grand Teacher
Library Association presentation
Ontario Canada
April 25
Cornell Plantations
Ithaca NY




For booking information 716-884-6855