Rich primarily plays mandolin and then pulls out the sweet sounding Irish whistles when we play Celtic tunes. When he plays his banjo-mandolin it is a real treat, since it's a vintage instrument from the 20's and has some flair to it's sound. Rich also sings lead on a few songs with a rich (no pun intended) baritone sound and a sweet tenor harmony on the rest.
Ruthie sings lead on many songs with a clear high voice. Her and Rich's voices blend nicely to give their listening audiences a pleasant delight. Her fondness is for playing the hammered dulcimer on their Celtic instrumentals but loves to accompany Rich's mandolin leads with either guitar or mountain dulcimer.
Lake Country Area, Waukesha County — These two versatile musicians have been playing music together for several years and blend the sweet sound of hammered dulcimer and mandolin from folk, celtic, sea shanty, bluegrass to classical. Whether you need background entertainment, a lively foot tapping program, or an educational workshop, Bramble and Rose can provide the ultimate melodic and harmonic sound tailored to your event. The haunting sounds of mandolin and hammered dulcimer provide a unique blend for our Celtic, folk, and Appalachian music.
Rich Schwartz (lead/harmony vocals, Irish whistle, mandolin, claw hammer banjo, banjo-mandolin, and mandola)
Ruth Sternemann (lead/harmony vocals, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, ukelele, and guitar)