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Hello everyone. Nico is in Ontario musical directing two show for Drayton Theatre so ROOTS & GROOVES is on hiatus until the end of January when we will tour BC. I look forward to reprising MY SYMPHONY with the Vancouver Island Symphony for grade 4 students at the Port Theatre Nov19 and the DSRF Christmas Breakfast in Vancouver Dec 14. The rest of the fall I will be travelling and building a dulcimer and taking some down time in the Warm with Valley.

On April 5 the City of Nanaimo honoured me with the 2018 Excellence in Culture Award, here's the video the produced for the ceremony

Here's a clip of People I Love You from Cranberry Hall in Powell River.

And a clip of us in the studio recording the Max Ochs song THE MYSTERY.

ROOTS & GROOVES in the news:
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,