A multi award winning solo artist, Rik Barron has been touring North America and Europe for over thirty years. He is an
accomplished and respected roots performer, entertaining his audiences with great singing, expert playing and irreverent but clean humour.
Rik Barron was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. There he worked extensively with Dave Panting of Figgy Duff and Rawlins Cross, making six studio recordings and touring Canada and Europe. For years he sat in with St. John's based session band The Auntie Crae Band featuring the legendary accordionist Frank Maher. He is a founding member of the The Fousty Toutons, Newfoundland's most famous folkabilly band.
Since 2005 Rik has worked closely with bass and guitar virtuoso Chili Taylor. An association that has resulted in three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, two Indie Award nominations and two East Coast Music Award wins.
During the 1990s Rik lived in Prince Edward Island performing with many Island musicians including singer and songwriter Allan Rankin. In the US he has recorded and played with banjoist Dan Levenson and clawgrass originator Mark Johnson contributed to one of Rik's East Coast Music award winning recordings. His relationship with banjo innovator and legend Tony Ellis has helped Rik develop a unique instrumental style combining the elements of Celtic, Newfoundland, Maritime and Americana music.
Along with giving workshops at festivals Rik has been a faculty member of the Maryland Banjo Academy, The Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy and The Woods Acoustic Music and Dance Camp. Rik has been featured on the cover of the Banjo Newsletter and has been a long time endorsing artist for Deering Banjos.
Through the years Rik has also performed in schools, fairs and concert halls playing roots music for children and families. His enthusiasm for and popularity with young audiences is undiminished and he is a three time East Coast Music Award winner in that genre.
Perhaps Rik's greatest attribute is his ability to work as a cross over artist between the regular roots/traditional folk world and the children's music world. An example of this versatility occurred during the 2011 Stan Rogers Festival. Rik was on the children's stage in the morning followed by a songwriters workshop, a traditional music workshop and then a hop to the main stage to be part of Singing Stan's Songs. All in a day's work for this versatile performer.