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Hope you are having a wonderful summer! We've finished the ROOTS & GROOVES duo CD with brilliant young keyboardist Nico Rhodes for release September 15 --a smorgasbord of roots, rhythm and groove! This young man is literally bursting at the seams with music! So great to revitalize old songs, some from as far back as Pied Pumkin! Here is a clip of us in the studio recording the Max Ochs song THE MYSTERY.

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

Nico and I will be performing at the first annual Nanaimo Jazz Festival at the Port Theatre on Sept 17 at 4 pm and the day before are honoured to be part of UN Peace Day celebations with Unity Church in Maffeo Sutton Park. Sept 23 we will play in Brentwood Bay, Sept 24 we will be part of Puppets For Peace celebrations at Government House in Victoria then head to White Rock, Vancouver, Powell River and Sechelt for CD release concerts. Let us know if you'd like to book a show or a house concert.

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,