Dave Ruch


Dave Ruch (rhymes with “duck”) is a Public Scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a full-time musician, researcher, and performer who travels regionally and internationally from his home base in Buffalo NY. He gives hundreds of concerts and workshops each year for schools, music festivals, historical societies, museums, community events and more, and writes for the Huffington Post and his own blog. Dave specializes in historical and traditional music from New York State – – Erie Canal songs, Adirondack ballads, Native American chants, Great Lakes ditties and other forgotten music from New York’s farms, battlefields, lumber camps and kitchens.

Mission Statement

To perform for and work with groups of adults, kids, school students and others, connecting history and culture with music while having as much fun as possible.


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