Americana/Folk singer song-writer Ruth Hill has roots that run deep in these New England hills. Ruth grew up in New Hampshire, the third of ten children, and started singing with her older brother and sister at church and community events when she was just six years old. Ruth accompanies herself expressively on guitar, banjo and mandolin but it’s when Ruth opens her heart and sings, from a place of depth and compassion, that makes you lean in closer.
When Ruth was eight years old, her longshoreman father came home from Boston one weekend and asked his four oldest children what instrument they’d like to play. She immediately answered, “The banjo!” Looking back, she says, “I’d never even seen a banjo, but I’d heard Roy Clark and Earl Scruggs on Hee Haw!”. In eighth grade, under the influence of Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine, Ruth started playing the guitar and began writing her own songs.
Ruth delivers her own mix of folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass. A musical storyteller, inspired by the gritty joy of growing up in a large, working-class family, and a wandering spirit that’s taken her to both poles of the globe, she writes songs about real people, her community, and reflections on the sweetness and sorrow of world around her. Her moving lyrics weave stories of her hardscrabble youth, love, loss, and the human yearning for transformation. Ruth says, “Music provides a place where I can safely explore emotions and it challenges me to find ways to connect the stories that are in my bones to others.”
Ruth’s 2nd CD, Reunion Of Broken Parts, was released in the fall of 2017 and is currently # 8 on the Folk DJ charts! Ruth’s first CD, The River Beneath Me was released in June of 2011 and was nationally ranked in Folk DJ Top Folk Albums, Songs and Artists of 2011.
Over the past few years, Ruth has studied songwriting with Emily Saliers, Mary Gauthier, Catie Curtis, Kate Cambell, Jonatha Brooke (The Story), Jud Caswell, and Grammy award-winning songwriters Don Henry and Gretchen Peters.
Ruth was the winner of the Maine Songwriter’s Association 2016 annual song contest.
“Ruth’s ability to empathize with the characters in her songs, and make us feel their pain, is extraordinary. Her songs are amazing! I love her delivery, her guitar playing and her intensity.”
— Catie Curtis
“Ruth’s lyrics and melodies worm their way into your hindbrain like a mason-jar of moonshine, and settle down for a long, pleasant visit.”
–Dale Hill, The Franklin Journal.
“Ruth Hill is one of our favorite singer/songwriters at the Union Coffeehouse. Our audiences love her beautiful voice and her delightful guitar and banjo playing. Ruth’s enthusiastic, engaging stage presence enhances her performances which include original songs that vary from the light and whimsical to poignant remembrances and tributes. A Ruth Hill concert is one that can be enjoyed for its musicality and warmth and appreciated for its skill and originality. It most definitely should not be missed!”
— Don Petersen- Host of Union Coffee House, Belgrade, ME
“Ruth is a talented, accomplished singer/songwriter. Her original songs touched our souls and warmed our hearts. Along with her bright spirit and positive energy, Ruth brought stories of her extended travels to share with her audience. As the concert was coming to a close, Ruth said she had one more to sing for us. An audience-member called out, “Sing one more set!” He spoke for us all! I have already invited Ruth back for another house concert. ”
— Karen Johnson- Host of LaRose House Concerts, Millford, MA