As a native New Englander, Ric has spent nearly half his life as an acoustic musician, visual artist, and educator. Since attending the first Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat in January of 2014 and finding a loyal community of peers, his music pursuits have led to recognition as a finalist in two national performing songwriter competitions (2017) and the 2018 CT Folk Festival audition concert (2018). Among his most noteworthy features are the Club Passim Emmylou Harris Tribute Night, Club Passim 2018 Memorial Day Campfire Festival, The Spire Center of Performing Arts opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, South Shore Folk Music Club opening for Susan Cattaneo, Amazing Things Arts Center opening for Archie Fisher, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse opening for Abbie Gardner, and Off The Common Coffeehouse opening for The Boxcar Lilies. He's also actively performing throughout southeastern New England at markets, galleries, eateries, wine bars, and coffeehouses. 

Ric uses music as navigation, discovery, and anchoring. His songs, while personal, feel intuitively familiar. The listener is guided by an ease that is steady and supportive as a mast. Whether performing solo or in collaboration, Ric's playing style gravitates toward unique voicings, percussive frailing, and meticulous fingerpicking patterns that honor his influences – early folk & blues, singer-songwriters of the 80s and 90s, and traditional Celtic and British fingerstyle players.

In late 2016, Ric joined a long-time friend, touring sound engineer Brian Evans, to record his debut CD titled Take It All In which includes eight original songs and one by another friend and collaborator Joe L'Esperance. The CD features violinist Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, singer/instrumentalist Raianne Richards, drummer Jeff Armstrong, and San Antonio guitarist Bob Charles. The mostly-acoustic songs explore themes from throughout Ric's life, but primarily from 2007 to 2017 when his most significant personal growth would happen. Milestones like the passing of his parents, birth of his daughter, diagnosis and treatment for cancer, loss of a long-held career position in the arts, and the disillusionment of a close personal relationship would plunge him into a deep well of reflection. The results of his inner 'smithing' would be this collection of songs that pay gratitude to his mentors (Take It All In, Open Book), assure those lost in doubt (See What The Morning Brings), recognize losses (Little Wren, Thieves on the Shore, Changing Tide), honor partners and healers (Soldier's Armory), and reveal the quiet hope that lives behind our challenges (Morning Drive). 

When not playing music, Ric remains active in the visual arts, teaching illustration at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and designing 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; concert posters for the Rose Garden Coffeehouse; and CD packaging for a number of releases including 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:
• Performed at the Club Passim 'Tribute to Emmylou Harris' night
• Finalist in the 2018 CT Folk Festival & Green Expo auditions
• Performed 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 on the Massachusetts Walking Tour (2016-2018 Brewster, Bellingham, Concord, S. Hadley)
• 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)

Selected Video and Radio:
• "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

Selected Stages:
• 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)
• The Hearing Room (Lowell, 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.

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