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