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Ric Lafontaine

Ric has 5 cds to his credit spanning a career that began in 1988.

Ric's first cd ‘the Wind Gone Mad,' released in fall 2000, is regarded by many songwriters and fans to be a benchmark in writing. His music reflects the free and independent spirit of the west coast. His songs paint pictures of stones skipping on the water and of his heroes dancing to the moon.

In the Spring of 2002, Ric released a 2nd cd ' magic garbage can' with his wife and partner, Elly Parker. Inspired by their combined family of 7 children, and 3 grand children, the album is filled with colorful characters like Baby Mumbles, Peggy, Dolly Katie and the Grumpies; all learning a few of  life's lessons. Like Ric and Elly, the songs celebrate life in a magical way. It sold out and was re-released in 2004 with an additional live track of the popular 'Michael' song.

'Ball of Flames' released in 2005 has Ric's thumb prints all over it! Recorded in 3 studios, this recording combines some of his early works with new songs in a fiery mosaic. There's an interesting blend of new arrangements mixed with some of the old keyboard technology he used in the early 90's.

'Long Road In Time' released May 15, 2007 is a softer more mellow CD showcasing Ric the performer. The songs span from 1989 to 2005. A highlight is the title track 'Long Road In Time' which is co-written and sung by his partner Elly Parker.

' Magic Garbage Can Acoustic ' has long been awaited by fans. This new recording released June 15th, 2007 is what you hear at a Ric and Elly concert.

email ric@cdisle.ca  for the box set and a special price

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Ric Lafontaine Long Road In Time

Released: May 15, 2007
Label: bLUE eCHO music

Westcoast Songwriter Ric Lafontaine's 4th release after 'the Wind Gone Mad 2000', 'Ball of Flames 2005' and 'Magic Garbage Can 2004'

This is the 7th cd to come out of Ric's bLUE eCHO studio. After some prompting from his loyal fan base, Ric delivers an acoustic sound much like he is does 'LIVE'. Of course he couldn't resist adding some tasty embelishments being the 'musical painter' he is. The 11 songs were written from 1989 to 2005. The cd's highlight is title track 'Long Road In Time' co-written with Elly Parker.

Musicians:
Ric Lafontaine Vocals, Backup Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Native Drum
Elly Parker Backup Vocals Tracks 2, 3, 5, 9/ Lead Vocal on Track 11 (Long Road In Time)
Dan Lameire Backup Vocals Track 3, 6, 10/ Motif 8 Piano on Track 6/ Rocking Chair Track 7
Scott Macleod Standup Bass Tracks 1, 4 , 5
Dave Pady Drums Track 1 (I Need To)
Simon Biffen Harmonics on Electric 12 string Guitar on Track 1 (I Need To)

Ric Lafontaine Ball of Flames

Release date Feb 23, 2005 !!!

Label: bLUE eCHO music

Westcoast Songwriter Ric Lafontaine's 3rd cd release after 'the Wind Gone Mad'
and 'Magic Garbage Can'

This cd is what Ric hopes to be many cds coming out of his studio at bLUE eCHO music. Entitled 'Ball of Flames' this cd has Ric's thumb prints all over it! Recorded in 3 studios, this recording combines some of his early works with new songs and packages the mosaic in a theme about the element of 'Fire'. There's also an interesting blend of new arrangements mixed with some of the old technology he used in the 90's. This particular cd also includes Ric's love of art in computer graphics.

Musicians:
Ric Lafontaine: vocals, guitars, keyboards, mandolin, bass, percussion
Scott Macleod: bass(trk1,4,6)
Rich Cordocido: drums(trk1,2,4,5)
Dave Pady: drums(trk6)
Dan Lameire: bg vocals(trk10)
Elly Parker: bg vocals (trk7)brushes (trk11)

All songs written and produced by Ric Lafontaine
(except ‘Scream’ written by Ric Lafontaine and Elly Parker)
recorded in Nanaimo at Raincoast Studio and bLUE eCHO Studio
and in Parksville at River’s Edge Studios

Ric Lafontaine / Elly Parker magic garbage can acoustic

 A new 'live' acoustic recording of the original release from bLUE eCHO studio.

The ‘magic garbage can’ CD is a milestone for Elly Parker and Ric Lafontaine. Both singer/songwriters were inspired by their combined family of 7 children, and 6 grand children. In the tradition of ‘the Fables of La Fontaine,’ the album is filled with colorful characters faced with some of life’s challenges. Like Ric and Elly, the songs celebrate life in a magical way.

Ric is a driving force in the music scene on Vancouver Island. He co-founded Island Showcase and Nanaimo Songwriters Circle. Many websites, including Cd Isle, were developed by Ric. With 5 cds to his credit, this west coast singer/song-scaper is reminiscent of Cat Stevens. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing.

Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled cd 'Elly' offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions. Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”

 

REVIEWS
We love that new CD. Its fantastic - start to finish. Ally is particulary partial to 'Dr. Muffin', the elephant song and 'Peggy's on the Go'. I love the 'grumpies' and most of all the rain song. The messages are clear and fun without preaching. Ally is going to be psyched for next live performance - let us know about any dates. Take care. Peter Harris

Your collaborative children's CD is truly MAGIC!

"I wish it was widely available, so children could enjoy their childhoods again in innocence and wonder. The families who can hear and buy a copy are indeed lucky. I can't say enough good things about it, except I want two more copies for the children of a niece and a nephew."

Reviewer: Bev Gordon

Ric Lafontaine the Wind Gone Mad

Ric Lafontaine has a west coast sound reflecting the free and independent spirit of Vancouver Island. His songs are reminiscent of Cat Stevens but with the flavor of a seasoned fisherman. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing. Like a weaver, confident of his craft, Ric takes contemporary themes and transforms them into mystical moments. From his minstrel's bag, he pulls out a melody and a word and takes the listener on a magic carpet ride. Skip a stone on the water and then dance to the moon. Take a pilgrimage and spend some moments with this free-spirited storyteller

Ric Lafontaine/ Elly Parker magic garbage can

includes a bonus track of 'Michael' recorded live

 A new printing of the sold-out original release with revised printing and graphics **plus** a bonus track of their popular song 'michael' recorded live at River's Edge Studio in Parksville by friend and engineer Dan Lameire.

The ‘magic garbage can’ CD is a milestone for Elly Parker and Ric Lafontaine. Both singer/songwriters were inspired by their combined family of 7 children, and 3 grand children. In the tradition of ‘the Fables of La Fontaine,’ the album is filled with colorful characters faced with some of life’s challenges. Like Ric and Elly, the songs celebrate life in a magical way.
Ric is a driving force in the music scene on Vancouver Island. He co-founded Island Showcase and Nanaimo Songwriters Circle. Many websites, including Cd Isle, were developed by Ric. His cd ‘the Wind Gone Mad,’ reflects the free and independent spirit of this west coast singer/song-scaper. Reminiscent of Cat Stevens, his music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing. He is currently working on a compilation series of cds featuring island songwriters.
Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled cd offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions.Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”

REVIEWS


We love that new CD. Its fantastic - start to finish. Ally is particulary partial to 'Dr. Muffin', the elephant song and 'Peggy's on the Go'. I love the 'grumpies' and most of all the rain song. The messages are clear and fun without preaching. Ally is going to be psyched for next live performance - let us know about any dates. Take care. Peter Harris
Your collaborative children's CD is truly MAGIC!

"I wish it was widely available, so children could enjoy their childhoods again in innocence and wonder. The families who can hear and buy a copy are indeed lucky. I can't say enough good things about it, except I want two more copies for the children of a niece and a nephew."

Reviewer: Bev Gordon