1990 to 2014

Peter Madcat Ruth and Shari Kane

Madcat & Kane, the duo of Peter Madcat Ruth and Shari Kane, had an amazing 24 year run.

Shari is currently touring with her husband Dave Steele. Click here for more information..

Some of the places where Madcat & Kane played:

The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Antone's - Austin, TX
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival - Ann Arbor, MI
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Eureka Springs Blues Festival - Eureka Springs, AR
Pocono Blues Festival - Lake Harmony, PA
Nescafe Blues Festival - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rawa Blues Festival - Katowice, Poland
Shoreline Park - Long Beach, CA
Summerfolk Festival - Owen Sound, Ontario
Buddy Guy's Legends - Chicago, IL
BB Kings - Memphis, TN
Manny's Carwash - New York, NY
Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
The Town Crier - Pawling, NY
Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
Wheatland Music Festival - Remus, MI
Cayman International Festival - Grand Cayman, BWI
Canal Street Tavern - Dayton, OH
Rockefeller's - Houston, TX
The Pumphouse - LaCrosse, WI
Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
The Disney Institute - Orlando, FL
Blind Willie's - Atlanta, GA

Peter Madcat Ruth and Shari Kane joined forces in 1990 to form the duo Madcat & Kane. Having been good friends since 1978, they knew they shared a love for blues that crossed the lines between electric and acoustic, delta and Chicago, jump blues, folk blues, and jazz.

In 1992 Madcat & Kane was voted one of six finalists in the Long Beach Blues Festival National Talent Search Contest. In December, 1992 they released their first CD, Key to the Highway, on the Schoolkids' Records label. The following year it was nominated for best blues album of the year by the Motor City Music Awards Foundation in Detroit, and named one of the "Ten Best Blues CDs of 1993" by WDCU-FM in Washington, DC, and the Baltimore Blues Society.

In 1994 and again in 1995 Madcat & Kane was featured on the National Public Radio program Blues Stage which was broadcast on over 200 radio stations nationwide.

From 1990 to 2014 Madcat & Kane toured extensively throughout the United States. They also performed in Brazil, Canada, Poland, Spain, and the Cayman Islands.

"I travel around the country nearly twelve months out of the year finding the best blues acts to record live for BluesStage. Madcat & Kane is one of the hottest, most dynamic new groups I've seen in a long time."
   Anita Jacobs
   Producer, BluesStage
   National Public Radio

"Madcat & Kane's energetic performance was at the top of my list of highlights at the 1994 Pocono Blues Festival. Working together to perfection, they gained the attention of thousands of knowledgeable blues fans that ultimately ended in two standing ovations. Amazingly all this was done at 12:30 in the afternoon. These two professionals are a must for any venue large or small."
   Michael Cloeren,
   Director, Pocono Blues Festival

"...virtuoso playing and vibrant interpretations. Ruth still plays the harp with a fierceness and wild abandon that justifies his position as one of the harmonica greats; his sidekick Kane provides a solid rhythm while still getting in her electrifying solos."
   James Morman
   Dirty Linen

" class chops with a facility in a number of styles... ...a distinct breath of fresh air."
   Cub Koda
   CD Review

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