As a native New Englander currently living in Southeast Massachusetts, Ric has spent nearly half his life as an acoustic musician, illustrator, art educator, and breadsmith. He has featured from Maine to Cape Cod, from Boston to Providence, both as a solo performer and in the duo Still Willow.

Music is his tool of navigation, discovery, and anchoring. Songs find him in times when they are most steeped in relevance. His guitar is always nearby, sometimes pulling deeper into the unfamiliar, and sometimes being as steady and supportive as a mast. Whether performing solo or with others, Ric gravitates toward unique voicings, percussive frailing, and meticulous fingerpicking patterns that honor his influences – which originate back to the late 80's with the singer-songwriter resurgence in the Boston acoustic music scene. 

A student at Mass. College of Art & Design at the time, Ric immersed himself in early folk & blues, pre-Americana, traditional Celtic and British fingerstyle players  – along with the radio programs and venues that showcased them. This led to a deep appreciation for players like Joni Mitchell, Jonatha Brooke, David Wilcox, Nic Jones, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, Michael Hedges, Cosy Sheridan, Richard Shindell, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, and John Gorka.

When not playing music, Ric remains active in the visual arts, teaching illustration at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston. He has designed identities for the Cape Cod Songwriters' Retreat, the New Haven Folk Consortium, and the Americana band Sparrow Blue; illustrated promos for Monica Rizzio and the Vinegrass Music Festival; designed concert posters for the Rose Garden Coffeehouse; and created CD packaging for a number of releases including Roland Blair's 'Way 112', Rand Burkert's 'Cave Art', Andy & Judy's 'Reflections', and David Roth's 'Think Twice', 'Practice Makes Progress', 'So Far So Good', and 'Last Day On This Earth'.

Recent accomplishments:
• Finalist in the 2018 CT Folk Festival & Green Expo auditions
• Invited to perform at the Club Passim 2018 Memorial Day campfire.festival
• Release of debut CD 'Take It All In', January 25th
• 2017 winner of the Open Mic Challenge at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA
• Finalist in the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) Performing Songwriter Competition
• Finalist in the 2017 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition
• Featured Performer: 2017 Massachusetts Walking Tour (Bellingham & Concord shows)
• Opener for Archie Fisher, Amazing Things Arts Center
• Opener for Susan Cattaneo, South Shore Folk Music Club
• Opener for Abbie Gardner, Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Jan 2018)
• Opener for Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Spire Center for Performing Arts (May 2018)
• Opener for The Lied To's, Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (July 2018)
• Opener for The Boxcar Lilies, Off The Common Coffeehouse (February 2019)

Video and Radio spots:
• "Sessions at Industrial Drive" video performance hosted by Betsy Siggins
• "Studio Sessions Live" radio performance hosted by Dave Palmater
• "The Song" hosted video show by Mary Wheelan (FCAT-TV)
• "An Acoustic Session" video show produced by Cathy Stacy (WCAT-TV)
• "The Old Songs Home" live radio performance hosted by Bob Weiser (WOMR)
• "The Fiddle & The Harp" live radio performance hosted by Dinah Mellon (WOMR)
• "Six Degrees of Separation" live radio performance hosted by Amara Mustafa (WKKL)
• "The Hour 9 Lounge" live radio performance hosted by Stan Blackmur (WICN) 
• "Folk Revival" radio show hosted by Nick Noble (WICN)
• "Radio Nowhere" radio show hosted by Joe Pszonek
• "The Cheap Seats" radio show hosted by Cat Wilson (Ocean 104)
• "Mostly Folk" podcast, hosted by Artie Martello
• "Out Of The Woods" podcast, hosted by Jon Colcord
• "The Miller Tells Her Tale" podcast, hosted by Karen Miller

Stages & Features:
• Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
• Harvard Square 'Make Music Day' (Cambridge, MA)
• Amazing Things Arts Center (Framingham, MA)
• Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield, MA)
• The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth, MA)
• Joe Davies Folk Festival @ Soule Homestead (Middleboro, MA)
• South Shore Folk Music Club (Kingston, MA)
• Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse (Duxbury, MA)
• Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House (Providence, RI)
• Union Coffee Co. (Milford, NH)
• Victoria Station Cafe (Putnam, CT)
• AS220 Gallery; RISA Songwriters In The Round* (Providence, RI)
• Serendipity Cafe (Maynard, MA)
• First Encounter Coffeehouse (Eastham, MA)
• Off The Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater, MA)
• Main Streets Market & Cafe (Concord, MA)
• Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton, MA)
• Pub On Park (Cranston, RI)
• Fog Bar & Cafe (Rockland, ME)
• Harvest Gallery Wine Bar (Dennis, MA)
• Lakeville Arts & Music Festival feature (Lakeville, MA)
• Somethin's Brewin' Book Cafe (Lakeville, MA)
• Better Bean Coffee Company (Bridgewater, MA)
• True Grit Art Gallery (Middleboro, MA)
• Aselton Park (Hyannis, MA)
• Cotuit Center for the Arts (Cotuit, MA)
• Cahoon Museum of American Art (Cotuit, MA)
• Hingham Arts Walk (Hingham, MA)
• Cafe Arpeggio (New Bedford, MA)
• Rick's Music World (Raynham, MA)

*member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association.

Header photo credit: Kara Ryan © 2016

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