Ruth Barrett is a pioneering musician/priestess and lesbian witch, whose numerous recordings beginning in 1980 with collaborator Cyntia Smith, are among the pioneering musical works in the pagan and Goddess Spirituality Movements. She is best known for her specialized genre of music – songs and chants that focus on the embodied power of women, goddess mythology, and magically themed traditional folk songs inspired by folklore, and the spirituality innate in the natural world. Ruth’s classical finger picking style on the mountain dulcimer, her arrangements of traditional Celtic folk music, combined with a powerful and beautiful voice, has enchanted audiences for more than four decades.
Ruth performed with women’s music pioneers including Kay Gardner, opening for Meg Christian and folk legends including Malvina Reynolds, Jean Redpath, Frankie Armstrong, and Jean Ritchie. With dulcimer builder and player, Joellen Lapidus, Ruth transcribed Joni Mitchell’s dulcimer arrangements for the songbooks, Hits and Misses (Warner Bros. Pub.). With eleven critically acclaimed recordings to date, Ruth has given concerts at numerous festivals nationally, and in 2011 was presented with the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women’s music from Women in the Arts at the National Women’s Music Festival. Ruth was the director of the Candlelight Concert at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival every August since 1991 until the festival closed in 2015. She is having a great time playing with cellist Rachel Alexander and percussionist Pele Yemaja since moving to Michigan in 2017.Website