Rick will be back in our 2015 workshop, teaching guitar and songwriting, as well as operating as our most experienced cat-herder for our Blues Week events and concerts. Rick is an engaging storyteller and songwriter. He has won Maple Blues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act Of The Year (twice), won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges, received nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards, played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins.
Rick is one of Canada’s leading blues, roots music and slide guitarists and blues historians. He has been playing music professionally for 33 years, and is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. As a player his acoustic and dobro guitar work is distinctively an amalgam of tradition and his own creative energy. He is arguably one of the best acoustic fingerstyle and slide guitarists on the folk and blues circuits in North America. As a singer his vocals recall the great traditions of Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt. This past year Rick toured from Newfoundland to B.C. to the Arctic and is now ready to bring his new songs and old talent back to our Workshop where his teaching is always in demand.