Niles took the fragment of lyrics and a rudimentary melody and wrote the Christmas song “I Wonder as I Wander.” While it has been sung thousands of times by numerous artists, I found this wonderful instrumental of the song by Steve and Ruth Smith from near Boone, NC.
As you will discover, the sparse instrumentation of guitar and hammered dulcimer is far more rewarding than a full orchestra. Ruth Smith shines on the dulcimer while Steve accompanies on the acoustic guitar. The duo has been performing for 35 years and has received numerous accolades. While this is a live performance of “I Wonder as I Wander,” the duo released it on their Christmas CD, “An Appalachian Winter,” in 2009.