A native of Torbay, Newfoundland, Allan Ricketts is a 23 yr old traditional musician and visual artist. He is a singer and multi-instrumentalist with his primary instruments being the octave mandolin, banjo, accordion, and pedal steel. In 2010, Allan formed The Allan Ricketts Band.
Allan has performed at many events including folk nights, concerts, traditional Irish sessions, and festivals including the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, 2009 Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Aloy O'Brien Tribute Concert (2009 Festival of the Sea). In 2010, Allan performed at the Festival of the Sea in South East Ireland. In 2006, Allan accompanied a singing group, Potluck Singers to Ireland. During this trip he was given the opportunity to record with other young musicians at the Liam Clancy Recording Studio in An Rinn, Ireland. In 2005, Allan was one of four artists to represent Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the National Artist Program during the 2005 Canada Summer Games.
With the assistance of MusicNL, Allan released two CDs. His debut CD "Allan Ricketts", a fine CD of traditional songs, tunes and original compositions produced by Patrick Moran was released in December 2006. In August 2009, Allan released his second solo album "Rivers" produced by Kalem Mahoney. This CD has been nominated four times through the NL Arts Council, ECMA and MusicNL.