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Snow in March??? I'm lying low this month while recovering from an unexpected encounter with pneumonia--staying home, sleeping lots and rehearsing in my living room with brilliant young keyboardist Nico Rhodes--proving without a doubt that music can heal both body and soul.

We're excited to debut our new duo show, ROOTS & GROOVES,  locally in April. 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). 

Nico will be busy musical directing summer and Christmas shows at Chemainus Theatre Festival so we'll take ROOTS & GROOVES further afield in September/October.  Let us know if you'd like to host a show or house concert!

May 5 I will host Fiddelium, an evening with 100 young fiddlers from Cross Canada Fiddle, at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

June 3 in Vancouver I join Fred Penner, Charlotte Diamond and Norman Foote in a special concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Vancouver Children's Festival.

June 25 I have the honour of performing at the first Young Audience Day at the Sechelt Festival of the Written Arts!

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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