A multi award winning solo artist, Rik Barron has been touring North America and Europe for nearly forty years. He is an accomplished and respected roots performer, entertaining his audiences with great singing, expert playing and irreverent 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 eleven studio recordings and touring Canada, the USA and Europe. He is a founding member of The Fousty Toutons, Newfoundland's most famous folkabilly band. 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. These days he can be found playing with long time musical partner Chili Taylor.
Along with giving workshops at festivals Rik has been a faculty member of the Maryland Banjo Academy, The Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy, The Woods Acoustic Music and Dance Camp, WUMB's Winter Acoustic Music weekend and the Summer Acoustic Music Week. Rik has been featured on the cover of the Banjo Newsletter and has been a long time endorsing artist for Deering Banjos.
Rik has garnered three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, two Indie Award nominations and three East Coast Music Award wins.
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.