Ric Sanders must be one of England’s most versatile fiddlers. While his prime focus, since the mid-’80s, has been the British folk-rock that he plays with Fairport Convention, Ric has proven equally effective at a diverse range of musical genres. He played experimental rock with Stomu Yamash’ta and the Red Buddah Theater and Soft Machine. His interests in British folk music were strengthened during a stint with Ashley Hutching’s Albion Band, a group that also included several musicians who had played with Fairport Convention. Ric joined the Fairport line-up in 1985 and 34 years later he remains an integral part of Fairport’s evolving sound.
Ric’s association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back to their days as teenagers.
Over the years guitarist Vo has composed, performed and recorded a wide variety of musical styles with artistes as diverse as Nigel Kennedy, Fairport Convention, Rik Mayall, The Albion Morris Band and many others. He writes themes, songs and background music for TV programmes and is also well known for his educational work with Surestart Programmes and schools all over the country.
It was inevitable that these pals would play together, and over the last decade they’ve been involved in many projects, from recording Miles Davis classics live in Lincoln Cathedral to improvising an album with the inspirational Anjali Dance Company. Over the last couple of years though, they’ve taken a different direction, reconnecting with the music closest to their hearts. It’s music firmly rooted in the blues. They love playing it, and audience feedback from their recent performances have shown just how much people love hearing it.