ROOTS & GROOVES with Nico Rhodes


“Incredible musicians, wonderful entertainers,
I loved this show!"  

Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes

BC Entertainment Hall of Fame folkie
and brilliant young keyboard ace join forces
in an intergenerational smorgasbord
of roots, rhythm and groove!

What do you get when you combine
a veteran roots artist with a rising jazz star,
seasoned expertise and youthful exuberance,
old school groove with Broadway chops?

Rick and Nico blur all boundaries,
in a word, they cook!

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Due to unforseen circumstance
all Rick's shows for March and April 2023 have been
postponed or cancelled

Our next ROOTS & GROOVES concert will be
Wednesday July 12 at 7 pm
Downtown Duncan 
49 Days of July

"Rick and Nico reinvent ten. Absolutely superlative!"  Duncan Showroom

"Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes brought our audience to its feet with a new kind of music:
simple Appalachian mountain dulcimer and sophisticated jazz piano combined with  
entertaining vocals, harmonies, rhythms and improvisation!”   
Nanaimo Jazz Festival 

"Rick and Nico together are a force of nature.  ROOTS & GROOVES is a musical gift for any audience, 
their performance blew the house away with two standing ovations."  Whistler Arts 

Veteran folkie and young keyboard ace join forces in an inter-generational smorgasbord of roots, blues, jazz and humour.  Rick and Nico blur all boundaries.  In a word, they cook!  

ROOTS & GROOVES is a musical dialogue, a duet for dulcimer and piano, a multi genre conversation across the generations, featuring songs old and new spiced with mastery, mischief and joie de vivre.

Forty years apart in age, veteran Pumkin dulcimer maverick and classically trained pianist create music in the moment for the sheer joy of it.  Since recording their ROOTS & GROOVES CD live from the floor in a single day in 2017 they've performed 80+ shows around BC, bringing audiences to their feet from Victoria to Golden.  

Since pioneering rogue folk with Joe Mock and Shari Ulrich in iconic BC trio Pied Pumkin, RICK SCOTT has performed in eleven countries and released 19 recordings honoured with 3 Juno nominations, WCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards. He's Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation and in July 2019 he was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. For a complete bio go to

At 33, classically trained NICO RHODES is in constant demand across Canada as arranger and musical director for long run shows when not touring in his own jazz trio or with his mother, chanteuse Joelle Rabu. Rick played in Nico's school when Nico was in grade 4 then hired him at age 23 to orchestrate his music for symphony. Rick says, Nico  is on fire. At his age I was touring far and wide with Pied Pumkin and this harkens back to that unfettered creativity. Nico reinvents and reinvigorates everything he plays.”

Nico says“The playlist of my youth was Bach, Beethoven, Piaf, Oscar Peterson and Rick Scott. I grew up on his music. Fast forward 20 years and I’m having the time of my life playing with my childhood  hero who happens to ooze groove. Rick is steeped in old swampy music and I think we shake each other up and the audience gets to come along for the good times."



Musicfest Courtenay, Islands Folk Festival, Port Theatre, Duncan Showroom, Max Cameron Powell River, Old Crow Concerts North Van,
SpirtiBar Nelson, Bailey Theatre Trail, Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, Silverton Memorial Hall, ACT Maple Ridge, Government House Victoria, Chars Port Alberni, Clayoquot Theater Tofino, Key City Theatre Cranbrook, Kicking Horse Cultural Centre Golden, Pender Island Concert Society,
Kay Meek West Vancouver, Port Hardy Civic Centre, Ground Zero Acoustic GZA Lounge Parksville, Deep Cove Folk Club North Van, Bowen Park Nanaimo with VIS Children's Choir  MAC Playhouse Parksville, Duncan Showroom, Victoria Folk Club, 39 Days in July Duncan,
Mission Music Festival, Nanaimo International Jazz Festival,
Vancouver Rogue Folk BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (with Joani Taylor and Pied Pumkin)




Travellin' Ain't So Bad
BC Entertainment Hall of Fame concert Rogue Folk Vancouver July 2019

The Promise
Rick’s musical acceptance speech at BC Entertainment Hall of Fame concert Rogue Folk Vancouver July 2019

My Friend Has The Biggest Ears In The Worl

Recording The Mystery for ROOTS & GROOVES CD

Live in the Chapel at PROVIDENCE FARM 2017

2018 City of Nanaimo Excellence in Culture Award Rick Scott

2019 Nico Rhodes Nanaimo Emerging Cultural Leader Award video


Rick Scott inducted into BC Entertainment Hall of Fame June 2019

Parksville Qualicum News April 2019

North Island Gazette ROOTS & GROOVES Rocks Out Civic Centre in Port Hardy  Feb 2019

E-KNOW Kootenays Intergenerational Smorgasbord at Key CIty Jan 2019

Bowen Island Undercurrent Trust Me Series Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes Feb 2019  

Whistler PIQUE ROOTS & GROOVES Build on Twenty Year Connection Feb 2018  

INSPIRED Magazine Once Again From The Top Feb 2018


"The best show I have seen in decades." Gabriola Island, Oct 2017

“WOW, WOW, WOW! Totally impressed by your show! It was wonderful, original, masterful…the tunes keep swimming in my head, can’t wait for the CD.” Pt Alberni April 2017

"I had the very real pleasure of attending Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes at Char’s landing. I LOVED this show. Such a great cross section of music that appealed to all ages and tastes. I already knew of Rick’s talent as a singer/songwriter/dulcimer player and his special charisma on stage. The excellent surprise was the addition of Nico to this. Wow! Such an amazing pianist and performer. But I think what made this a concert I will always remember was the wonderful collaboration and sharing on stage between these two artists, their very real and visible caring for each other and the magic and joy their music. Such a great evening. Thank you."  KR, Port Alberni, April 2017

"Rick and Nico’s had everything going for it. It was what a show should be in every way. It had a joy to it because it came from inside each of them and it was utterly infectious. They had everything burning bright and right. Here are some Facebook comments:  That was a fantastic show! That was one of the best concerts I've ever enjoyed! Absolutely fantastic entertainers! Thank you for bringing these two charming, gifted firecrackers to us! It was a grand concert!" JM Hornby Island, April 2017


“Nico Rhodes is astonishing, not just an accompanist, 
you have to hear and see him caress, cajole and at times almost punish the piano.
Breathtakingly fresh sounds and style radiate from this young musician whose hands
 effortlessly fly across a keyboard leaving us in utter amazement
 and jumping to our feet at the end of a solo!”

Rick Scott is an enchanter, an alchemist creating gold
out of dross with music as his catalyst.
He uses every fibre of his being to translate private experience into shared experience,
what he does is a day-glo yo-yo of theatre, music, mime, poetry,
 philosophy and confession spinning on a string of laughter.”

BOOKING AND PR CONTACT:            Valley Hennell, 250-740-0047



PERFORMERS:      Rick Scott – dulcimer and vocals, Nico Rhodes – piano, vocals and horns

-    A professional sound system with reverb, graphic EQ and operator
-    Grand or baby piano tuned on stage max 2 days prior to performance  OR
-    OR a digital electric piano: Yamaha P Series P105 or  Korg SV-1 or Roland V piano with full 88 weighted keys, 2 pedals, necessary cables and AC cord, a sturdy adjustable keyboard stand, music stand and adjustable bench. 
-     two D.I. (“Direct In”) XLR lines for Rick’s wireless vocal and dulcimer mics(he will bring wireless system)
-  one D.I. (“Direct In”) XLR line for electric piano – OR - PZM or boom mics for acoustic piano
-  two SM 58 vocal mics with cable on boom stands      
- two stage monitors, powered or with amp, one at piano and one  centre         
- electrical power to the stage area
-  stool (approx. 36” in height)
- For Family Shows, CD or thumb drive playback through house and monitors
-  Lighting system to include basic colour washes plus specials Downstage Center, Stage Left and at Piano (SR Centre position).

      - Accommodation: 2 king or queen non-smoking rooms in reputable hotel (clean,
         with modern amenities, close to venue)

       - Transport to and from airport
      -  Coffee/tea, water and a snack or sandwich tray would be greatly appreciated during set up
           time. No allergies or specific dietary needs.

      - 4 complimentary tickets to the performance.

TECHNICAL CONTACT: Valley Hennell  250-740-0047



1 Outside (4:23) Folk rock. Simple solutions to life’s complexities dished up on a platter of rock and roll. “Sometimes late at night I’m wondering why, all this living just gonna die…”

2 Middle of Nowhere (6:18) Who says you can’t have musical fun with a bad relationship?
A little jazz, a little rock and an abundance of rip it up piano. “Ride that train, only way you think of get a little room, you can be alone…”

3 Lost Soul Man (5:37) Country blues for a hurtin’ heart. “Sometimes late at night when I’m all alone like a lost wolf you can hear me moan…”

4 Let’s Make It Right (4:56) Blues ballad bemoaning why the harder you try /the worse it gets.  “What is the matter with this heart trying so hard to get back to the start of that long, that lonely, lonely night?”

5 It’s Only Words (5:26) “It’s only words, no thing will ever be heard…A waltz that is actually more than words, one of the first songs Rick ever wrote in 1971 beautifully articulated by Nico’s classical arrangement, never recorded until now. 

6 Hurt So Long (3:56) Swamp blues. To bounce back from being crushed by a friend, try humming this tune of many grooves! “Been hurt for so long can’t tell the right from no wrong…”

7 Funkanatomy (3:24) Latin tinged folk blues. An emergency ward for feeling sorry for yourself. “Woke up this morning the side of the bed was wrong, I’ve got excuses they run a mile long…’’

8 Come Home (4:17) Rocking out about the intense emotions of theatre from an actor’s point of view. “Cut out them things that cut your life, don’t wait around for no doctor’s knife…”

9 The Mystery (3:54) Folk rock. Written by Rick’s mentor Max Ochs, we’d say what it’s about but that would spoil the mystery.  Can Nico play any faster? “If you forget to breathe we’re gonna have to ask you to leave no matter how much you believe in the dollar…”

10 Bottle People (4:35) Classical folk. An attempt to find the true heart of those we call homeless, set to variations on Pachelbel’s Canon. “Seems to be a lot of people who need to have bottles so they can eat.”

11 Queen of Dreams (4:54) Folk jazz ballad. A jester’s cry for more matriarchy in a dulcimer duet uplifted by Nico’s soprano sax. “There are so many things in this world that are hungry and they just want a big bite of you…”

12 People I Love You (5:57) Swamp jam rocker. Pied Pumkin favourite reimagined with Nico’s raucous piano animating Rick’s swamp jam rhythm. “I get so excited I can’t help myself, I have to jump, I have to shout I have to call for help…”