Peter Madcat Ruth
Harmonica player with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey
Grammy Award winning Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide.
Madcat’s repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music.
Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, as well as doing solo performances.
Madcat’s music has been evolving for over 50 years. It started in the Chicago area in the early 1960’s, with Madcat playing folk/blues on guitar and harmonica. By the late 60’s he had immersed himself in the Chicago Blues and was studying harmonica with Big Walter Horton. In the early 70’s Madcat moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a key presence in two of Ann Arbor’s finest progressive rock bands: New Heavenly Blue and Sky King. By the mid 70’s Madcat was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80’s, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In 1990, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane. For twenty four years they toured nationally and internationally. In 1998 Madcat teamed up with Chris Brubeck to form Triple Play and also started performing with Big Joe Manfra in Brazil.
Madcat’s experience is extensive. He has been an invited guest performer at many harmonica festivals in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His harmonica playing is heard on over 100 CDs and LPs.
“The Amptweaker TightDrive Jr was designed for guitar but it turns out to work great for amplified harmonica. It’s a very useful tool for dialing in that Chicago blues harp sound.” — Peter Madcat Ruth