Ruth Barrett is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player, singer, and recording artist who began playing the mountain dulcimer in 1971 and is recognized as a pioneering contributor to the California mountain dulcimer renaissance of the 1970s and 80s. Ruth's twenty-year musical collaboration with mountain dulcimer player Cyntia Smith introduced listeners to distinctive vocal harmonies and classical fingerpicking style dulcimer duets for their original songs, Renaissance music, and arrangements of traditional Celtic and English folk music. She is an experienced mountain dulcimer teacher, whose accessible and supportive teaching style has successfully taught thousands of people to play the mountain dulcimer, from private instruction, national folk festivals, and online. Ruth's concert performances and numerous studio recordings have been critically acclaimed. Dulcimer Muse celebrates Ruth's 50-year anniversary with the mountain dulcimer.