Rick started gigging in 1977 at the tender age of 14 years old. Taking lessons from a teacher in Bolton, early drumming experiences consisted of a wide variety of venues, styles and requirements.
He played in a series of bands who playing dance hall classics, 60’s 70’s and 80’s covers bands. He was usually much younger than the other people were and the learning curve was immense but he coped well. He also played in bands playing original material, which was an ideal opportunity to develop his own style and sound. He then enjoyed playing in a few covers bands for a long time.
He became known as a drummer who could play well with little or no rehearsal so could drop in to a band for a few gigs in the event of their own drummer being unavailable due to sickness or such like.He took his 11-year-old son Alex away to Portugal with Zambura, a community based samba band for people of all ages and abilities. It allowed them to learn different rhythms and also allowed them the opportunity to travel
He was offered his first tour as a session drummer backing blues artist Robert Lucas when he came over to the UK and when he came back a couple of years later, he backed him again. He fully admits that he learned so much from Robert, he was a true gent, kind and warm. His passion for the Blues was infectious and he made sure Rick had all the basics of playing the blues in place. He insisted on buying a pile of CDs for Rick to listen to and absorb. Robert later worked for 5 years fronting Canned Heat, left the band and then re-joined them
This then started his new passion for real Blues music and he started gigging with high quality Blues bands. Rick's other passion is Soul so he joined a proper Soul band with backing singers and a horn section. This band played all the better clubs throughout Manchester and North Wales.
This lead on to a spell playing 70’s Glam Rock. The first of these had a mixture of Glam rock as well as party standards. There were number of front men including Brendan Malarkey, a singer who had been on 'Stars in their Eyes' as David Essex. Rick was given the opportunity to play with lieutenant Pigeon and then was a session drummer for Carlo Santanna - Vocalist and Guitarist from Paper Lace. This led on to him gigging with John Rossall's Glitter Experience, effectively The Glitter Band, who did some massive gigs; 3000+ people. The set list was obviously all the well-known Glitter band stuff with a few other songs thrown in for good measure.
Re-visiting his love of Blues music, he secured a gig with a 5 piece blues band that played nationally at Blues Clubs and festivals. They played at the highly renowned Colne and Burnley Festivals on the main stages and played at the prestigious Boogaloo blues weekends. This lead a slot with Steve Gibbons
The Roach Twins band who were prolific around Manchester in the late 80's, and were well known on the Blues Circuit had reformed the six-piece band due to popular demand. Rick was asked to join and play drums for them. He joined them to play at the Darwen Music festival 30th May 2004. 2500+ people saw the début, then the band went from strength to strength. The Roach Twins Band played some huge festivals, played on many main stages and were always critically acclaimed. They played in France at the festival Blues Autour Du Zinc three times.This band was always playing the best UK Blues Clubs. The Album “Gotta New Job” was true Blues in a lot of ways but was also a very eclectic collection of songs.
The next UK tour was with American blues artist Joanna Connor originally from New York but now gigging regularly in Chicago. The first night saw the band headline the Liverpool Blues & Roots festival at the Academy 2, then a UK tour from London and then all the way up to Aberdeen. The band was a source of complaint from the Osmonds when Joanna was too loud at The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool (the band were upstairs and they were in the main theatre)
This lead on to another full on Blues band called Ovate that was all covers and was a 4 piece comprising guitar, harmonica / vocals and bass. This band played festivals across the UK and areal highlight was a late night gig at The Carlisle Blues Festival where Ovate were joined on stage by Connie Lush, Ian Segal, Sean Webster, England Cricketer Mark Butcher and Earl Thomas – all at the same time!
This brought him to the attention of Nick Bold who first came to prominence in the late 80's with his rock band Virginia Wolf. Over 2 tenures with Nick he recorded an album and full scale music videos
Cuillin Blue, another high quality Blues Band were formed and played big festivals and some great Blues clubs. They gigged all the best Blues Clubs in the UK they went to play in Sweden which was a real treat, on the same bill as Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds!
The Roach Twins Band finished on a high headlining a Blues festival. Chris, Mike and Rick then set up Doctor Truth.
Dr Truth is now play the bigger gigs and UK festivals as themselves but also gig as a backing band for major acts such as
The British Soul Collective (Junior, Omar, Noel McKay and Don-e). http://www.thebritishcollective.com/
With Misha B, quarter finalist from the 2011 X-Factor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misha_B
With Cleo Higgins quarter finalist on The Voice 2013, Cleopatra and Thriller Live http://cleohiggins.com/