Ric Denis - Bio

"Music is my best and most natural form of communication. I want to discover all her languages and have my finger tips speak fluently."

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Extraordinare, Ric Denis plays music that is intimate, expressive and sometimes explosive. Evoking comparisons from Don Ross and Terry Tuffs, to Robben Ford and Eric Clapton, he has started build a loyal fan base from the ‘pleasantly surprised' who have caught his show. He combines Blues, Jazz, World Beat, Folk and Rock into his mix of exceptional guitar work, soulful singing and honest words. He draws the inspirations for his songs from travelogues, love lost, lust, loved ones, self analysis, self doubt, friends, foes, dogs...

His first solo CD entitled ‘Lush' is a collection of original songs and instrumental pieces, produced by Ric right down to the cover design and the manufacturing through his own label, Z Sun Records. His follow up CD ‘Tadoussac' is due out this spring and will showcase Ric's guitar playing with a collection of acoustic guitar instrumentals.

He is also known in the Ottawa Valley for his work with the Ragged Flowers. The ‘Flowers' have performed at the ‘Ottawa Folk Festival', the ‘Blue Skies' festival, Stewart Park Festival and ‘Artsfusion'. Ric has also been featured on The Blues Brokers, ‘Bag Full Of Blues' CD and has made several appearances on ‘The New RO Breakfast Show' in Ottawa. His guitar work has appeared on radio jingles for Warrens House Of Britches, The Rum Shack and Tommy & Lefebvre. Ric can also be 'caught' performing with Jerome 'J' Jeffrey in the jam band 'The Sway Dogs' or playing Jazz standards and originals in 'Clever Mess'.

As well as a professional guitarist, singer and performer, Ric has been a professional guitar teacher for over fifteen years. He has performed workshops with Don Ross, David Woodhead and Stephen Fearing. He has also presented clinics on improvisation and musical composition. He teaches privately and at The Ottawa Folklore Centre School of Music.

A resident of the quaint little town of Almonte Ont, Ric lives in a busy little house with his busy wife and three brilliant busy kids, plus a nosey little pet rat named Harriet.

Copyright (c) 2002, Ric Denis

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