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Happy summer! We're working on my duo CD with brilliant young keyboardist Nico Rhodes for release in September and planning release concerts! 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! Now booking shows for the fall and winter, let us know if you'd like to book a show or a house concert, here is a clip from the Victoria Folk Club.  https://youtu.be/faoXtfrOWdU

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 http://blackpress.tv/video.php?id=20641)

June 25 I have the honour of performing at the first Young Audience Day at the Sechelt Festival of the Written Arts and on Canada Day I will do a noon show in Squamish then head home to Nanaimo for the evening celebration6-10 pm in Maffeo Sutton Park. Hope to see you there!

Nico and I will be performing at the first annual Nanaimo Jazz Festival at the Port Theatre on Sept 17, and the day before are honoured to be part of UN Peace Day celebations with Unity Church in Maffeo Sutton Park. Sept 23-24 we will be part of Puppets For Peace celebrations in Victoria then head to Vancouver for a CD release concert at the Cultch on Sept 25.

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 http://www.snapshotofasoulplace.com

You may remember Mielle from the 1995 'Angels Do' video (click videos!)  See our interview on Shaw TV.  https://youtu.be/f_n5ZJ6z3fg . Read the story of how the book came to be in BC BookLook http://bcbooklook.com/2016/06/13/snapshot-wins-a-second-time/

Rick talks about 40+ years of playing dulcimer on the Heart of the Dulcimer podcast on iTunes  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hearts-of-the-dulcimer/id1014348960?at=1010l5QM  

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 http://vimeo.com/10695582. 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,
 
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