As a native New Englander, Ric has spent half his life as an acoustic musician. Since writing his first song in 2014, he has been selected for two 2017 national performing songwriter competitions, the 2018 CT Folk Festival audition showcase, the songcrafter stage at the 2019 Providence Folk Festival, and nearly a dozen Club Passim Tribute Nights including those for Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Ellis Paul, Gillian Welch and Woodstock. He has performed on the stages of Club Passim for their 2018 Memorial Day Campfire Festival, the Spire Center for Performing Arts, South Shore Folk Music Club and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse opening for such acclaimed artists as Archie Fisher, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Boxcar Lilies, and Abbie Gardner. Ric actively features across southeastern New England at markets, galleries, wineries, and coffeehouses.
In January 2018, Ric released a debut CD 'Take It All In' which has found airplay throughout the Northeast, Scotland and the UK. These eight originals and one cover by songwriter Joe L'Esperance, are personal and intuitively familiar. Ric's illustrative writing and fingerstyle playing pay gratitude to his singer-songwriter influences while offering the listener an anchor of ease and hope. Contributors include violinist Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, singer/musician Raianne Richards, drummer Jeff Armstrong, and San Antonio guitarist Bob Charles.
"Ric’s ability to listen, absorb, interpret, and deliver just gets better and better. He has come so far in the last couple of years and developed into an artist I love to listen to."
– David Roth, touring folk musician
"I can't decide whether my favorite part of Ric's performance was hearing his delightfully vibrant voice, or hearing his amazing songs: he's the whole package! Definitely on a level of talent equal to some of our established artists--can't wait to have him back! I've already sent his name around to my peers!"
– Ellen Sturgis; Executive Director of Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham, MA
"Listening to Ric Allendorf's music is like reconnecting with an old friend. His sound is instantly familiar, his lyrics thoughtful, his melodies pulling you in. From lyrical tinges of life in New England to images of hope, Ric's music is uplifting, his songs offering a bit of comfort from any storm that life might be throwing your way."
– Stephen Ide; Artistic Director, Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield, MA