Rick West

It started innocently enough. Living in Newfoundland for over a decade as an entomologist with the Canadian Forest Service had given Rick an appreciation for traditional instrumental music. He bought a bodhran, and shortly thereafter he and some of his co-workers at Forestry formed a little folk group called Snotty Var. Initially they met and rehearsed in their offices...but after awhile it just wasn't enough. Eventually they found themselves recording a CD with a fine crowd of local musicians including Frank Maher. Unfortunately for Rick, the CD was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. The ensuing accolades cemented the addiction once and for all the downward spiral had begun and he left Forestry behind in 1998. Besides Mahervelous!, Rick has played on several other albums including those by All-Ireland ulliean piper, Eamonn Dillon; flautist, Erin Cassidy; Atlantic Union, The Step Fiddlers, Dave Penny, and Jean Hewson and Christina Smith. With Frank Maher and usually with Jean Hewson and Christina Smith, he has appeared on various televisual feasts including those broadcast by RTE TV (Ireland), Vision TV (Steeplechasing) and BRAVO (Celtic Roots Festival). Radio appearances include those on CBC Radio (Canada Live, Performance Hour, Musicraft, The Music Room and Sounds Like Canada) and RTE Radio (Fleadh Fleadh Cheoil na hEirean).