Ann Arbor, MI USA
70 years wise

Last On: 01/19/11

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Madcat Ruth

About Me

In 1964 I heard Sonny Terry on the radio...    Soon after that I bought an LP called "Folk Festival at Newport 1959" that had 2 songs by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.   One of the songs was in the key of F.   My dad had a Marine Band harmonica in the key of Bb, so when I tried playing along with the LP I was at least in the right Key (second position).

I later took three lessons with Big Walter Horton.

I later toured the world playing harmonica with Dave Brubeck and his sons.

It's been 45 years since I first picked up the harmonica and I'm still playing harp and touring the world.

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Peace & Joy,

Peter Madcat Ruth


American roots music
world music

Friends (177)

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On Mar 09, 2010
osmarblues Said:

Talking about you with my friend "Luciano Boca" (brazil) he said!! this guy is the best !!!!he meet you when you was here!!!    mad cat=gato louco   thanks for  your contribution for the music

On Nov 18, 2009
Boby Said:

Thanx for the add!

Luv your music!

On Jun 01, 2009
osmarblues Said:

fantastic your sound Man!!!!!!! realy fantastic

On May 31, 2009
Richard Gjems Said:

Hi, Madcat!

Thanks for the nice comment!!
You have been an inspiration to me since I was in my early teens and got a copy Madcat Gone Solo on an old, funky cassette.

The way you always mix tradition and innovation is an inspiration for us all!

Peace and love

On Apr 30, 2009
Bluezin Said:

Madcat Gone Solo changed my life. True story. Thanks Peter. Best wishes from Southern Ontario, Darren.

On Apr 03, 2009
Deacon Blues Said:

Happy Birthday Madcat. You are an inspiration to all of us in the harp community. Keep on trucking. What I really like about you is the fact that you are so "outside the box" in you're approach and have developed a unique style that is know to be the Madcat style.

On Mar 17, 2009
Filip Jers Said:

Hi Madcat

I dig you playing!!

Thanks for the add.


On Mar 11, 2009
Powersolo Said:

Acoustic is my favorite. Sonny Terry is the reason I started. I wish I could get more of my friends to go back to their roots. The harp has been my closest friend for more than 25 years. Thanks for letting me be one of yours. 

On Mar 05, 2009
Deacon Blues Said:

Madcat. Thanks for the add. You are one of my favorite harp players of all time? You Rock! It's great to have the opportunity to talk to you on the Space Chat.

On Feb 22, 2009
Kevin Mc Said:

Hey Madcat,


Thanks for the add!

On Feb 04, 2009
Christelle Said:

Hi there directly on my top friend

On Feb 03, 2009
Christelle Said:

Hi The Madcat, I can't beleive your invitation to be your friend here....I love so much the way you play, and guess what? I'll be at SPAH 2009 and I dearly hope to meet you to share music but friendship as well... Love, Harp Queen

On Jan 29, 2009
Kingley Said:

Hey Madcat, Thanks for the add. Love your style!!

On Jan 28, 2009
PT Gazell Said:

Yo, rule!

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