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Rick Bockner
Rick Bockner has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old. Raised in the folk tradition, he then went on to study blues guitar, ragtime fingerstyle guitar, and Celtic stylings. He was a founding member of the 60's San Francisco band Mad River (Capitol Records) . Rick is considered to be one of the best of Canada's acoustic guitarists. He performs, travels, and teaches in concert halls, music camps, and clubs in North America, and Europe.
Rick's main musical influences on the guitar range from the Mississippi Delta greats like Skip James, Willie Brown, Robert Johnson, - to the gospel guitar of Rev. Gary Davis and Joseph Spence. He also has spent years developing a stylistic approach to Celtic music and fiddle tunes. As well, Rick is a veteran songwriter as several of the selections on Fret Lizards demonstrate. His sense of poetry and lyric is deep and unaffected, he finds the common thread in his lyrics that make the listener smile and relate.
Bockner's intricate and expressive harmonies on the guitar make for some wonderful listening as he reworks some of the tunes he grew up with for this recording. His own compositions have delighted and confounded guitarists for years.
Fret Lizards is a collection of the new and the old music that still rides around in Rick's head after 45 years of guitar playing. This is a cd that will quietly find a favourite place in your music collection.
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Rick Bockner, Plinio Cutait, Barbara McDaniel, Billy Oskay Egregora

Rick Bockner, Plinio Cutait, Barbara McDaniel and Billy Oskay bring together 4 diverse musical lives to create this beautiful musical dialogue between piano, guitar, violin, and vocal textures. The music here is intended for those moments when you want to relax- meditating, body work, quiet times at home, or in a hot bath. Egr├ęgora is a Portuguese word meaning "common soul". This collaboration catches the right mix of melody, mood, and tasteful playing, to take the listener into the music and themselves.
Rick Bockner is a Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and performer. He has a unique and original way of playing acoustic guitar that has earned him audiences in North America and Europe. He has studied the guitar since he was a boy growing up in St. Louis and hearing the folk music and blues that would shape his style.
Plinio Cutait lives in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He began to study classical piano at age 5. Later he began to write his own music and branched out into jazz. His combined gifts of good technique and an expressive heart make his music full and delicate at the same time.
Barbara McDaniel grew up in a home full of singers. Her grandmother sang gospel songs while doing chores, and Barbara continues to open up peoples' hearts with her voice. She rose to the challenge of a vocal part without words admirably and with spirit.
Billy Oskay joined the principle artists with his mastery of the violin to round out the rich sounds of this quartet. Billy has been a recording artist and sound engineer for many years and it was at his Big Red Studio in Corbett Oregon that this recording was made.
The music presented here is an offering to the many people who requested a good recording of some of the music they have performed. It will find a listening audience with anyone who enjoys real musicians, playing beautiful tunes, on real instruments, from the heart. Egr├ęgora - common soul.

Rick Bockner Fret Lizards

Rick Bockner has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old. Raised in the folk tradition, he then went on to study blues guitar, ragtime fingerstyle guitar, and Celtic stylings. He was a founding member of the 60's San Francisco band Mad River (Capitol Records) . Rick is considered to be one of the best of Canada's acoustic guitarists. He performs, travels, and teaches in concert halls, music camps, and clubs in North America, and Europe.
Rick's main musical influences on the guitar range from the Mississippi Delta greats like Skip James, Willie Brown, Robert Johnson, - to the gospel guitar of Rev. Gary Davis and Joseph Spence. He also has spent years developing a stylistic approach to Celtic music and fiddle tunes. As well, Rick is a veteran songwriter as several of the selections on Fret Lizards demonstrate. His sense of poetry and lyric is deep and unaffected, he finds the common thread in his lyrics that make the listener smile and relate.
Bockner's intricate and expressive harmonies on the guitar make for some wonderful listening as he reworks some of the tunes he grew up with for this recording. His own compositions have delighted and confounded guitarists for years.
Fret Lizards is a collection of the new and the old music that still rides around in Rick's head after 45 years of guitar playing. This is a cd that will quietly find a favourite place in your music collection.

Rick Bockner Trouble With The Moon

"Trouble With The Moon is Rick Bockner's first solo cd and is a collection of his original songs. From the Haunting jazz ballad "Rainy Night In Chinatown", to the evocative "Old Stone Walls", the humorus sports fishing sea shanty "The Tyee Song", and the pantheist hymn "Fragments of Perfection", this cd shows the range and poetry of a veteran musician and poet.
Rick grew up in the folk tradition, played in the 60's San Francisco band Mad River (Capitol Records), and then developed his own acoustic repertoire of great songs and fingerstyle accompaniment. He also is a guitarist of unusual depth and versatility, as his second cd "Fret Lizards" shows.
On "Trouble With The Moon" Rick explores the terrain of family, nature, blues, and lost history with rare sensitivity and perception. He is assisted by some of Vancouver's best musicians including Simon Kendall (who also produced the CD), Pat Steward (drums), Keith Bennett (harmonica), Peggy Lee (cello), and other veterans of the studios. The end result is a rich and varied landscape of songs that make the listener laugh, cry, think, and feel as they hear them.

Rick Bockner & Keith Bennett Think For Yourself

Keith Bennett and Rick Bockner have performed together on a number of recordings and tours throughout Canada.

Think For Yourself is a collection of blues tunes, from the raw emotion of the Mississippi Delta to the sophisticated balads of Duke Ellington plus some original songs.

North Vancouver's Keith Bennett is a veteran singer and instrumentalist who has played the top venues in the lower mainland. You may have seen Keith at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival, the Vancouver East Cultural Center, the Arts Club of Vancouver, the Pan Pacific or the Shaw Theater in Deep Cove. His melodious harmonica playing has been featured with the prestigious Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the TV series McGyver and Lonesome Dove. Keith produced a CD 'Tin Sandwich' featuring original music with a Jazz, Latin, Blues genre. As one of Canada's best harmonica players, Keith has recently become one of 5 Canadian musicians to be sponsored by the worlds largest producer of harmonicas, Hohner Inc. of Germany. On the lighter side Keith has been seen at the local home games of the Vancouver Canucks as the 'Harmonica Man' and performs regularly as Elwood of the 15 piece 'Blues Brothers Review'. Keith had a starring role in the '96 production of Carol King's Tapestry at the Arts Club Theater of Vancouver running for a record 5 months from May to Sept. The original cast also toured B.C. Keith has produced subsequent corporate events using the Tapestery cast. Harmonica, drum, guitar and vocal workshops are another interest for Keith. He has tought vocals, and harmonica at the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Island Mountain Arts festival in Barkerville. He has developed harmonica workshops which the North Shore's Continuing Education have included in their programs. He teaches vocals / harmonica / guitar in his N. Van. Paradox Studios.