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Exciting times! After a six month hiatus, this week Nico and I take ROOTS & GROOVES on the road from ACT Maple Ridge to Port Hardy Civic Centre, including Tofino, Cranbrook, Golden and West Vancouver.  On March 10 we reinvent all ages with a special R&G matinee with the VIS Children's choir at Bowen Park in Nanaimo. And on March 12 I return to the ACT for one my favouritest concerts with the Kanaka Elementary Choir. See SHOWS for details, hope to see you along the road.

Meanwhile, Nico is nominated for his third Ovation Award announced Jan 27 for outstanding Arrangements and Orchestration in Vancouver musical theatre. And on April 18 the CIty of Nanaimo will honour him with thei Emerging Cultural Leader Award. You may recall last year I received the Excellence in Culture Award, here's the video the produced for the ceremony

You can like ROOTS & GROOVES on Facebook @rickandnico.

Here we are in the studio recording THE MYSTERY.

And a clip of PEOPLE I LOVE YOU from Cranberry Hall in Powell River.

ROOTS & GROOVES is in the news:

East Kootenay On Line News  E-Know

Bowen Island Undercurrent
Whistler Pique
oid=6805489INSPIRED Magazine
Nanaimo  News Bulletin! Appalachian mountain dulcimer at a jazz festival?
You can buy the CD at Fascinating Rhythm in Nanimo, CD Baby or from this website!

This intergenerational collaboration has been decades in the making! Nico wrote me a fan letter when he was 8 and at age 23 orchestrated my music for symphony (see a tiny clip at

Congratulations Valley Hennell and Kari Burk for winning a 2016 Academics' Choice Award for 'Snapshot of a Soul Place in the land of special needs' which has already been honoured with 2016 Family Choice and National Parenting Products (NAPPA) Awards. This illustrated memoir by Kari Burk is based on the life of our 26 year old granddaughter Mielle, with over 40 original paintings and drawings

You may remember Mielle from the 1995 'Angels Do' video (click videos!)  See our interview on Shaw TV. . Read the story of how the book came to be in BC BookLook

Rick talks about 40+ years of playing dulcimer on the Heart of the Dulcimer podcast on iTunes  

See the finale of 2014 Puppets For Peace concert at BC Government House with Rick and puppets performing YO MO and STAND BY ME at We are excited to announce Rick and Puppets For Peace will return to Government House in September 2017.

Rick's music is available from this music, CD Baby and selected stores. Keep on singing and we hope to see you soon!  Email us, we love to hear from you. Dulcimerrily,