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Garden of Mysteries

Garden of Mysteries
Cover Photo Jaime Blackbird

Garden of Mysteries

I am so thrilled to announce the release of my long awaited 10th recording, GARDEN OF MYSTERIES. This CD features traditional folk music, original songs by some of my favorite songwriters, as well as my own contributions.

From my heart to yours,
Ruth Barrett

The songs on this CD all share a common thread. They are about encounters with magic and mystery - be it with a lover, an Otherworld being, a goddess, a transition into a new state of be-ing, or the Earth Herself. Through the doors of mystery await the possibilities of transformation should we allow ourselves to wonder and wander in the garden.

This recording is dedicated to the legacy and memory of Shekhinah Mountainwater (1939-2007), beloved teacher, priestess, and friend.

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Archibald McDonald of Kippoch
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Fresh Flowers
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New Crone Rising
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Shoshone Love Song
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The Circle Is Unbroken
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About this Recording

Track Listing:

Quiet Mist of Morning
Garden of Mysteries
Black Sarah
Majorcan Dance
Archibald McDonald of Kippoch
Nimue's Whisper
Shoshone Love Song
New Crone Rising
The Circle is Unbroken
Lady Mother of All
By Her Light Invocation
A Shapeshifting Song
Fresh Flowers
Lullaby for Amanda


Ruth's vocal and dulcimer artistry is joined with the musical talents of Amanda Barrett, Daniel Bienenfeld, Ellen Burr, Abby DeWald, Melena, Miamon Miller, Kerry Noonan, Cait Reed, Jeni Rodrigues, Sylvia Woods, and Steve Wehmeyer.

Produced by Ruth Barrett and Scott Fraser
Engineered and mixed by Scott Fraser
Photography by Jaime Blackbird
CD design by Rick Whitmore
(c) (p) 2008 Dancing Tree Music


“Ruth has just released her tenth CD, Garden of Mysteries showcases Ruth’s excellent finger-picking dulcimer style and her powerful, beautiful voice. Listening to each song is akin to picking up a series of beautiful objects, each begging for your rapt attention. As you begin to really appreciate the wonder and promise of the object you’re holding, it fades only to be replaced by a new and equally mysterious subject for your careful examination. Each object is a differing facet of a very cohesive whole, and the listening experience is as restful and thought provoking as an actual trip to a real garden. Ruth’s original compositions site nicely alongside songs from Robin Williamson, Mark Simos, Les Barker, Lorraine Lee Hammond, and others. There is a definite but mystical bond at work, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t feel it too.”
- reviewed by Neal Walters for Dulcimer Players News, Summer 2008