Ric Sanders

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Ric Sanders
Ric Sanders performing at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2014
Background information
Birth name Richard Sanders
Born (1952-12-08) 8 December 1952 (age 65)
Genres English folk music
Folk rock
Jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Violin
Electric and MIDI violin
Years active 1972–present
Labels Varrick/Rounder, Woodworm, Green Linnet, Matty Grooves, Rough Trade, Talking Elephant
Associated acts Fairport Convention
Soft Machine
John Etheridge
Gordon Giltrap
The Albion Band
Website The Ric Sanders Trio

Richard 'Ric' Sanders (born 8 December 1952,[1] in Birmingham, West Midlands) is an English violinist who has played in jazz-rock, folk rock, British folk rock and folk groups, including Soft Machine and Fairport Convention.[2][3]


Sanders' first experience with a professional band was in the summer of 1972, touring Europe with classical/rock percussionist Stomu Yamash'ta's Red Buddha Theatre. He later went on to play with jazz pianists Johnny Patrick and Michael Garrick. In the late 1970s he briefly toured as a member of the jazz-rock group Soft Machine and followed with a stint in The Albion Band. In 1981 he co-founded a recording studio, Morgreen Studios, with which he remained active for a few years. In 1984 he joined Fairport Convention and recorded his first album with them, Gladys' Leap, the following year.[4] Since 2002, in addition to his work with Fairport, he has also been working regularly with his trio, known as the Ric Sanders Trio, which features Vo Fletcher on guitar and Michael Gregory on drums and percussion.

Professional associations[edit]

Over the years Sanders has worked with a diverse roster of artists, including: Rick Wakeman, Dave Cousins of Strawbs, Jethro Tull, Robert Plant, Roy Harper, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Pentangle, Gordon Giltrap, Andrew Cronshaw, June Tabor, Martin Simpson, Charlie Landsborough, All About Eve, The Mission, Fred Thelonious Baker, Catherine Howe and John Etheridge (guitarist with Soft Machine and Stéphane Grappelli) with whom he co-led the group 2nd Vision,[2][3] whose record has been re-released on Blueprint Records (Voiceprint Records Group) and most recently live on air with Rocky Rockliff of the Rockliff Jam Band on Jazz FM.



  • Whenever (1984)
  • Neither Time Or Distance (1991)
  • Still Waters (2008)

In Groups[edit]

  • Soft Machine: Alive & Well: Recorded in Paris (1978)
  • The Albion Band: Rise Up Like the Sun (1978)
  • John Etheridge & Ric Sanders: Second Vision (1980)
  • 2nd Vision: First Steps (1980)
  • String Time: String Time (1983)
  • Fairport Convention: Gladys' Leap (1985)
  • Fairport Convention: Expletive Delighted! (1986)
  • Fairport Convention: In Real Time (1987)
  • Gordon Giltrap & Ric Sanders: One To One (1989)
  • Fairport Convention: Red and Gold (1989)
  • Fairport Convention: The Five Seasons (1990)
  • Fairport Convention: Jewel in the Crown (1995)
  • Fairport Convention: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue (1996)
  • Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (1997)
  • Fairport Convention: The Wood and the Wire (1999)
  • Fairport Convention: XXXV (2001)
  • Ric Sanders Group: Parable: Music for the Anjali Dance Company (2003)
  • Ric Sanders Group: In Lincoln Cathedral (2004)
  • Fairport Convention: Over the Next Hill (2004)
  • Fairport Convention: Sense of Occasion (2007)
  • Fairport Convention: Festival Bell (2011)
  • Fairport Convention: By Popular Request (2012)
  • Fairport Convention: Myths and Heroes (2015)
  • The Ric Sanders Trio: Standin' on the Corner (2015)
  • Fairport Convention: 50:50@50 (2017)

Collaborations and guest appearances[edit]

  • Andrew Cronshaw: Wade in the Flood (1978)
  • Gordon Giltrap: Peacock Party (1979)
  • Mick Stevens: The Englishman (1979)
  • Martin Simpson: Special Agent (1981)
  • Pete York: String Time in New York (1983)
  • English Air: English Air (1983)
  • Loudon Wainwright III: I'm Alright (1984)
  • Phenomena: Phenomena (1985)
  • English Air: The Space Inbetween (1985)
  • Mark Geronimo: London Moon & Barnyard Remedy (1986)
  • Jethro Tull: Crest of a Knave (1987)
  • Andrew Cronshaw: Till the Beasts' Returning (1987)
  • Gordon Giltrap: A Midnight Clear (1987)
  • Simon Nicol: Before Your Time... (1987)
  • The Bodhi-Beat Poets: White Light (1987)
  • June Tabor: Aqaba (1988)
  • All About Eve: All About Eve (1988)
  • Gerry Rafferty: North and South (1988)
  • Andrew Cronshaw: The Andrew Cronshaw CD (1989)
  • All About Eve: Scarlet and Other Stories (1989)
  • Gordon Giltrap: One To One (1989)
  • Ashley Hutchings: Songs from the Shows (1990)
  • The Mission: Masque (1992)
  • Andrew Cronshaw: The Language of Snakes (1993)
  • Martin Barre: A Trick of Memory (1994)
  • Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash (1995)
  • Judy Dunlop & Ashley Hutchings: Sway with Me (1996)
  • The Albion Band: Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival (1996)
  • Roy Harper: The Dream Society (1998)
  • Jerry Donahue: Telecasting Recast (1999)
  • Strawbs: The Complete Strawbs. Live at Chiswick House (published 2000, 1998 recording)
  • Bob Fox: Dreams Never Leave You (2000)
  • Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott: Hands Across the Pond (2001)
  • Rick Wakeman and Dave Cousins: Hummingbird (2002)
  • Chris Leslie: Dancing Days (2004)
  • PJ Wright: Hedge of Sound (2005)
  • Rainbow Chasers: Fortune Never Sleeps (2006)
  • Durbervilles: Alternative Route to All Destinations (2007)
  • Aquarium: Loshad' Belaya (White Horse) (2008)
  • Tiny Tin Lady: Ridiculous Bohemia (2008)
  • Red Shoes: All The Good Friends (2012)
  • Nik Kershaw: Ei8ght (2012)
  • Trad Arrr: Cautionary Tales (2015)