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Biography

Smith & Ryder is an Americana / Country / Roots duo from Central Massachusetts. Miriam and Sean are both singer / songwriters that like to perform original music and sing harmonies.

Miriam Smith is a lifelong, classically trained violinist who also dabbles in mandolin and guitar. From a very musical family, she grew up singing close harmony with her two sisters. Miriam also enjoys songwriting and performing with several small acoustic and classical ensembles. In her spare time, Miriam enjoys training and competing in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Sean Ryder is a man of many hats. He is old enough to know better, but foolish enough not to care. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, tenor guitar, and other things with strings. He builds and repairs instruments as a hobby. He also likes to sing and write songs and loves performing in songwriter events. To request a booking, please contact us by email.

Music:

"In Pieces"

Available now! "In Pieces" is the debut EP by Smith & Ryder. The album received high praise from Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, who wrote "There’s really only one problem with “In Pieces,” the new EP from Worcester Americana duo Smith & Ryder: It’s too short." Victor goes on to describe the album as "remarkably layered and peppered with bits worthy of attention". You can read the full review here. The album can be downloaded from our Bandcamp page, or from CD Baby.

If you prefer a hard copy, you can get the CD shipped direct to your door for $5 plus shipping HERE or by Paypal HERE

"Small Town Blue"

As heard the nationally syndicated radio program Ice in the A.M., and on WCUW 91.3FM Worcester, our single “Small Town Blue" was described as ”lovely”, “achingly sad”, and “pregnant with heartbreak” by Victor Infante from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. You can read the full review of "Small Town Blue" here. This song is available for download in a variety of formats on our Bandcamp page. A limited number of hard copies are available for purchase at live shows.


Upcoming Shows:


FRI November 18, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Stone Cow Brewery, Barre, MA 6:30 PM

Stone Cow Brewery is located on the Carter Stevens Farm. A farm to table brewery, they serve beer made from locally grown ingredients. There's a farm store, food truck, and lots to see and do so come on down!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Smith & Ryder
Homefield Brewing, Sturbridge, MA 6PM

This is an excellent brewery in Sturbridge owned and operated by our friend and local songwriter extraordinaire Suzanne Lepage. We had a wonderful time during our first visit, and we are excited to come back for more hijinks and shenanigans. Come down and have some tasty treats and drink in the deliciousness while we play for you.

Past Shows:



THU July 21, 2016

Smith & Ryder
The Muse, Worcester, MA, 9PM

The Muse is a small cocktail bar and bistro across from the Hanover Theater on Main St. in Worcester. The drinks are incredibly well made, exceptional quality liquor and attention to detail. The room sounds great too, with high tin ceilings providing a natural reverb. Highly recommended!


SAT July 30, 2016

Smith & Ryder
*****ALBUM RELEASE PARTY*****
*****SAVE THE DATE*****
Beatnik's, Worcester, MA, 9PM

This is it... the big day! Be the first to get a copy of "In Pieces" before it is officially released later this summer. We have worked very hard on these recordings, and we are excited to finally share them with you. Local music from hardworking local folks. Beatnik's is a mid-sized music venue on Park Avenue in Worcester. There is a nice stage, plenty of seating, good beer and drinks. The menu is killer. I suggest trying the potato skins with Dr. Gonzo's garlic mash!


SUN September 4, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Mendon / Blackstone Farmer's Market, Mendon, MA 12PM

Fresh vegetables and live music. We love playing for the fine folks that work the land and provide us with fresh food!


SAT September 10, 2016

Smith & Ryder
The Hearing Room, Lowell, MA 8PM

This is a brand new venue in Lowell providing a grass roots opportunity to hear music by local songwriters. Focusing on acoustic original music, the venue seeks to support and promote the creative potential of the community by offering a space for original performances.


FRI September 23, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Homefield Brewing, Sturbridge, MA 6PM

This is a new brewery in Sturbridge owned and operated by our friend and local songwriter extraordinaire Suzanne Lepage. We are excited to be a part of her new adventure! Come down and have some tasty treats and drink in the deliciousness while we play for you.



SAT November 12, 2016

Smith & Ryder
Veteran's Inc FREEDOM SONG FESTIVAL, Worcester, MA 6PM

Veterans Inc. is the leading non-profit charitble organization that promotes and supports veterans in Massachusetts. We are honored to be part of their fundraising event "The Freedom Song Festival". We ask that you support the organization in any way that you are able. We respect our Nation's veterans and are proud to support the organizations who serve them.

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