[image1_left]Rick Fielding passed away Saturday evening March 20 after a lengthy and
courageous battle with cancer.
Originally a native of Montréal, Quebec, Rick was smitten by the music of
Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie as a teenager. After leaving school, he moved to
Toronto and began his career as a professional musician. For over thirty years
he toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, and the United States,
and recorded albums for Folk Legacy and Borealis. He happily managed to finish
his latest album Acoustic Workshop while struggling with his illness.Apart from touring and playing his own music Rick taught acoustic techniques on
guitar, banjo, mandolin, and dulcimer, ran workshops on songwriting and
professional development for musicians, did custom leather work, and hosted the
radio show Acoustic Workshop on CIUT-FM 89.5.
Above all Rick was a giving person as a performer, teacher, and friend. He will
be missed deeply by all who knew him. A celebration of Rick’s life and music
will take place Saturday June 5 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto, ON. For details,
visit http://www.borealisrecords.com/news_fielding1.html .
[Obituary courtesy of the
Folk Alliance. Photo courtesy of Borealis Records].