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Violinist Ruthie Dornfeld has been performing traditional music of America, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe for over 25 years. She has toured throughout the USA, Europe, Russia, and Brazil in a host of musical configurations. Originally from Oregon, Ruthie moved to New England in 1981, where she attended Berklee College of Music, became a well known contra dance fiddler, played with the old-time stringband The Poodles, the bluegrass band Boston City Limits, the Hungarian tanchaz band The Pulis, and commuted to Europe to play with The American Cafe Orchestra. In 1996 she returned to the Northwest, and besides her work with Cerise currently plays with guitar master John Miller and the French Cabaret group Rouge


Ruth Hunter has been singing and playing music of the Balkans since the early ‘80s. She has taught voice, accordion and tambura at many music and dance events and performed at dances and in concerts throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. A veteran of such San Francisco Bay area groups as Medna Usta, The Balkan Noyz Boys, Bay Area Balkan Ensemble and The Balkan Appliances, she also played in the Boston area with Karaváni and Akshambelah. Along the way she fell in love with French musette waltzes which led to her musical partnership with Ruthie Dornfeld. She now lives in Seattle and is a member of the traditional Greek group Pangéo as well as playing with Ruthie in Cerise.
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