Roots & Grooves
(Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes)

male duet Roots and Grooves with dulcimer and electronic keyboard

Veteran folkie and young keyboard ace join forces in an inter-generational smorgasbord of roots, blues, jazz, and humour. Rick and Nico blur all boundaries. In a word, they cook! ROOTS & GROOVES is a musical dialogue, a duet for dulcimer and piano, a multi genre conversation across the generations, featuring songs old and new spiced with mastery, mischief, and joie de vivre.

Forty years apart in age, veteran Pumkin dulcimer maverick and classically trained pianist create music in the moment for the sheer joy of it. Since recording their ROOTS & GROOVES CD live from the floor in a single day in 2017 they’ve performed 80+ shows around BC, bringing audiences to their feet from Victoria to Golden.

Since pioneering rogue folk with Joe Mock and Shari Ulrich in iconic BC trio Pied Pumkin, RICK SCOTT has performed in eleven countries and released 19 recordings honoured with 3 Juno nominations, WCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards. He’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation and in July 2019 he was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

At 30, classically trained NICO RHODES is in constant demand across Canada as arranger and musical director for long run shows when not touring in his own jazz trio or with his mother, chanteuse Joelle Rabu. Rick played in Nico’s school when Nico was in grade 4 then hired him at age 23 to orchestrate his music for symphony. Rick says, “Nico is on fire. At his age I was touring far and wide with Pied Pumkin and this harkens back to that unfettered creativity. Nico reinvents and reinvigorates everything he plays.”

Nico says“The playlist of my youth was Bach, Beethoven, Piaf, Oscar Peterson and Rick Scott. I grew up on his music. Fast forward 20 years and I’m having the time of my life playing with my childhood hero who happens to ooze groove. Rick is steeped in old swampy music and I think we shake each other up and the audience gets to come along for the good times.”

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