Texas based percussionist, Rick Holt, immersed himself in the Irish music culture after he discovered the engaging sound of the bodhran in the early 2000’s. Rick has been playing drums since the age of 6 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Troy University. He has performed a variety of musical styles, from classical to rock and musical theater. Recently, as a performer, published composer and arranger, Rick has been exploring the boundaries of Celtic and Irish music and endeavors to apply these insights to the bodhran. He has traveled to Ireland to study bodhran with some of the top players in the world and enjoyed participating in local sessions as he traveled around the country.
Rick has been involved in the Irish music community in North Texas since 2003, performing with area artists in bands and sessions, and recording with local musicians. He has served as a board member of the Traditional Irish Music Educator’s Society and for over a decade was on the staff of the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. He has been teaching bodhran privately, as well as with the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, The North Texas School of Irish Music and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp.
Instructor – Bodhrán Fundamentals | Lead Bodhrán Friendly Session