Folkk music icons Rick Scott (above with dulcimer) and Joe Mock (below with guitar) are Pied Pear

Pied Pear to perform for folk society

The Sooke Folk Music Society is extremely excited and pleased to be presenting a rare appearance by Pied Pear on Saturday, April 2 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Pied Pear is Joe Mock and Rick Scott.  Pied Pear is two-thirds of Pied Pumkin which also features Shari Ulrich.

Joe Mock started playing folk music in the 60’s while in college. With a handful of chords, a sense of rhythm, an inherited love of music and some fine friends. The combination of folk and rock at that time eventually led to a group called Joe Mock and No Commercial Potential. They played the same venues as the Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish.

Following the decline of the psychedelic era the Canadian West Coast music scene was then experiencing a surge of new energy from conscientious objectors leaving the United States. From the early 70’s to 1980 – Joe played with Rick Scott and Shari Ulrich in the group known as the Pied Pumkin. This independent folk ensemble became a major staple of the Canadian folk scene with its rich harmonies, mighty grooves and memorable stories. When Shari left the group to join the Hometown Band, Rick and Joe continued as Pied Pear. He can be presently found performing solo or with friends in Western Europe or touring Canada with the Pied Pumkin.

Rick Scott is an award winning singer, songwriter and actor who combines music and laughter in lively, participatory concerts for all ages. He is Canada’s leading proponent of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, known by kids around the world as ‘The Electric Snowshoe.’ Over 35 years he has released 17 albums and performed his lively, original music in nine countries.

Over the past 20 years Rick has performed more than 1,000 family concerts throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia and Southeast Asia.

After a 25 year hiatus and successful solo careers, Pied Pumkin reunited in 1998 and released two CDs: the retrospective Plucking DeVine and the live recording Pied Alive. As guitarist Joe Mock lives in France they tour once or twice each year.

In 2006 Pied Pumkin released their first children’s CD, Pumkids – Tuneful Tales For Kids & Kin, which won Best Children’s CD in the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards, and Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Honors Awards in the US. In spring 2009 Rick and veteran blues guitarist David Essig released the critically acclaimed duo CD Double Vision. The reunited Pied Pear, Rick Scott and Joe Mock are guaranteed to bring you a roomful of great music and surely for some of you, a handful of great memories.

Please join us on Saturday evening for this rare concert event with these two West Coast folk icons.

It all happens at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Murray Road. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 8. Advance tickets can be purchased at Shoppers Drugmart in Sooke.

Contributed by Dave Gallant