Biographical Text for Promos
Ric is an award-winning songwriter and Massachusetts native who has spent over half his life as an acoustic musician, earning 'finalist' nominations in two acclaimed performing songwriter competitions in 2017 (Rose Gardens Coffeehouse, and RISA). He regularly performs on stages throughout New England ~ including, most recently, the Joe Davies Folk Festival, Rose Garden Coffeehouse, South Shore Folk Music Club, the Massachusetts Walking Tour, and the Amazing Things Arts Center in support of Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher.
As a songwriter, Ric guides his listeners through narratives of love, loss, and renewal with the steadiness of a mast. His lyric style is magnified by a foundation in visual arts, illuminating his life experiences with indelible symbols and imagery. Instrumentally, Ric utilizes a fingerstyle approach that hints at his influences in Celtic/British folk and singer-songwriters like John Gorka, Cosy Sheridan, Paul Simon, Bruce Cockburn, Nick Drake, and Dar Williams. Ric's debut EP "Take It All In" is scheduled to be released at the end of 2017.
When not performing, Ric leads alternate creative paths as an illustrator/designer, college-level arts educator, and 'breadsmith'.
"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
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• 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