Folk U at the Friday Market Live Music: Rick Bockner

On July 21, Manda Aufochs Gillespie welcomed Cortes Island songwriter/guirtarist Rick Bockner for the fourth in a series of Friday Market Live Music shows under the big tent in the Village Commons.

Rick began playing guitar at age 7 and was fortunate to be given his first lessons by Pete Seeger, a family friend. Rick was part of the influential San Francisco band Mad River from 1967-69, before moving to B.C. and settling in the Kootenays.

Rick toured as a solo act from 1992 to 2020 in Europe, the UK, and Canada. He has released 5 albums in that period under his Harby Dar Music label, and taught at music camps and festivals.  In more recent years Rick was a co-founder (with Rex Weyler) of Love Fest- a music celebration on Cortes held every August. He continues to play and teach at a more leisurely pace these days.

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