Rick and Judy
Rick and Judy met in 1978, and after two years of performing together they married. Today they live with their children in Guelph, Ontario. Since teaming up they have performed more than two thousand concert venues, including numerous appearances at major festivals and concert halls in Canada and the United States. They have played three times on Stuart MacLean's popular CBC radio show, 'The Vinyl Café' and are featured on the Vinyl Café's Christmas CD.
In 2002, Rick and Judy became Relative Harmony, officially welcoming their son Jonathan to the musical team. Daughter Katie joined the melange in 2005. Relative Harmony has appeared individually and together at many southern Ontario venues, as well as many dance venues throughout the American mid-west.., They have also entertained at numerous weddings and social gatherings. Their instrumental music is a blend of traditional Anglo-American and Celtic dance tunes for two violins, piano/guitar and percussion. Vocally they perform traditional and contemporary folk songs in two, three and four-part harmony, with a special emphasis on audience participation.
Rick was born in England. He graduated from Leeds University as a Civil Engineer in 1964 and immigrated to Canada in 1970. Rick discovered folk music along with the rest of the baby boomers during the folk revival of the 1960's.
Rick was a founding member of the now legendary 'Fiddler's Green' Coffeehouse in Toronto. An economic downturn in 1973 led to his adopting music as a career and he soon discovered the joy and satisfaction of performing for young audiences. Rick served two terms as president of 'Mariposa In The Schools' and has been a member almost since its inception.
A skilled accompanist on guitar, 5-string banjo and keyboards. Rick also plays spoons, dulcimer, bowed psaltery and his cheeks! He anchors three dance bands,Relative Harmony,Trafalgar Trio, and PVC. Trafalgar Trio performs occasionally for English Country Dances. The newly formed PVC (piano violin clarinet Rick Avery Ben Bolker and Cathy Campbell)) perform both contra and english country dance music.
Judy grew up in Toronto. Music has been an integral part of her life since she was three years old. By the time she graduated from the University of Guelph in 1973, she had passed Grade 8 piano and was singing with three different choirs. Her musical talents were put to good use in her early career as a primary school teacher, and later on as a strolling musician in a number of restaurants in the Guelph area. A long-time passion for contra-dancing has segued into a second career, and she is a regular caller at dances across the northeastern US and Canada.
Judy teaches vocal technique and piano to beginning students, and was hired
in 2002 to conduct the choir classes at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki
Institute. She plays guitar, piano, Appalachian dulcimer and spoons.
Jonathan has been studying, performing and teaching music for most of his 29 years. He studied classical violin with the Suzuki String School of Guelph and was a member of the internationally acclaimed 'Guelph Youth Singers' for six years. He has been a professional musician since 1998, when he started teaching at a local music studio in Guelph, and also began performing regularly as a member of Relative Harmony. For most of that time Jonathan has also been the full-time drummer for "Uncle Heavy's Pork Chop Revue", a Guelph-based experimental jazz ensemble, that performs regularly and frequently in the Guelph-Kitchener area.
Katie Avery , like her brother Jonathan, comes by her musical training via Suzuki and the Guelph Youth Singers , taking voice lessons for 6 years . She studied ballet and modern dance at the Royal City School of Ballet and Theatre Jazz . She has been a member of Relative Harmony since the summer of 2001. She graduated from University of Toronto , receiving an Bachelor of Music with honours in 2010. She is also a member of the bands Beneath The Ice - an exciting trio of young women comprising Katie on Fiddle, Emilyn Stam on piano and fiddle, and Helena Frecker on guitar and b ouzouki. They play in a style that might be described as celtic/jazz, which can be heard on their recently released CD "Beneath The Ice". For more info on the band go to http://www.myspace.com/beneaththeicemusic . Following a year free-lancing in Toronto in several performing disciplines including theatre, dance, and musical directorships, she has moved to Whitehorse in the Yukon territiories, where she is the resident Suzuki violin teacher. She plans on returning to the Toronto area in the summer to resume performing with Relative harmony and Beneath The Ice.