Biographical Text for Promos
As a native New Englander, Ric has spent half his life as an acoustic musician, visual artist, and art educator. Since writing his first song in 2014, he has performed as a finalist in two national performing songwriter competitions and the 2018 CT Folk Festival auditions. His noteworthy features include the Club Passim Tribute to Emmylou Harris, Club Passim 2018 Memorial Day Campfire Festival, 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, and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse opening for Abbie Gardner. Ric actively performs across southeastern New England at markets, galleries, eateries, wine bars, and coffeehouses.
In January 2018, he released his debut CD Take It All In which has found airplay on radio and podcasts in the Northeast US and as far away as Scotland and the UK. This collection of eight originals and one cover by friend Joe L'Esperance feels personal and intuitively familiar, delivered with an ease that holds the listener as steady as a mast. Ric's writing aims to pay gratitude, allay fear and doubt, and reveal the quiet hope that lives behind our challenges. Contributors include violinist Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, singer/instrumentalist 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