Old Dogs New Tricks
Rik Barron and Dave Panting hail from St. John's, Newfoundland. Dave is a founding member of two of Atlantic Canada's most influential bands, Figgy Duff and the multi award winning Rawlins Cross. Rik, an award winning solo artist in his own right, has toured North America and Europe for more than two decades. Eleven years ago Dave and Rik collaborated on a video vignette for JVC/Smithsonian Folkways. Dave has produced and played on four of Rik's solo CD's and Rik has contributed on a number of Dave's solo and band recordings. Living in the same city for the first time in years the two friends formed a duo in early 2003. They are consummate performers entertaining their audiences with a seamless blend of great singing, expert playing and irreverent humour. Rik is known for his unique banjo and guitar styles and smooth baritone voice. Dave is a master of the Celtic mandolin and guitar and the composer of many acclaimed songs and tunes. They are endorsing artists for Adamas Guitars, Deering Banjos, Weber Mandolins and John Pearse Strings.