On Sunday, April 14, Charlie Pugh hosted two excellent and charming local musicians who performed live in the studio during the last hour of Sunday Morning Coffeehouse from 9 – 10 a.m. Ruth Grierson and Debbie Krysak, known around Mount Desert Island and beyond as “The Unique Duo,” chatted with Charlie and played a wide range of music including Celtic, country, classical, show tunes, rags, waltzes, French, ethnic and – well – you name it! (Portrait is of Ruth Grierson by Southwest Harbor artist Chris Gray.)
Ruth Grierson has been playing violin since she was 5. Currently in her 91st year, she has been a member of various well known island music groups including The Country Strummers with Ralph Stanley, Floyd Farley, Freddie Black and Skip Fraley; The Teahouse Trio with Marilyn Dolliver and Suzannah Jones; Big Moose Band with many artists; and Duo By The Sea with Michelle McCann. Ruth is a multi-instrumentalist, but most recently plays the violin and fiddle!
Debbie Krysak joined Ruth when she and her husband moved to MDI a few years ago. Debbie plays the ukulele and can be heard regularly with Ruth at Common Good Cafe; third Thursday tea at the Southwest Harbor library; monthly contra dances with Big Moose band at the Jesup in Bar Harbor; and for events and services at Manset Catholic Church.
When they are not making music, Ruth writes the weekly “Nature” column for the Mount Desert Islander; and Debbie makes boxes of various kinds of candy for Christmas and by special request for other times of the year.
Tune in on Sunday morning April 14 during the last hour of Coffeehouse starting at 9:00! Debbie and Ruth make a special team you don’t want to miss!