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Nashville Lifestyles Magazine Summer Reading List Pick



“In this fantastic debut, Donovan fills a Florida retirement community with a full range of eclectic, unforgettable characters, lifting the veil of the American psyche; the story reveals the breezy- and sometimes chaotic- world of retirement with some fictional people you may or may not recognize without their filters on or hearing aids turned up. This one’s a delightful, engaging read that allows you to fully appreciate everything good in your life, body, and soul.”- Nashville Lifestyles Magazine

“Lucky Sevens is a very good album. Donovan plays a swirl of strings that enchant and delight. His songwriting is literate, observational and very entertaining. He has created a unique sound on Lucky Sevens that he calls AmeriCelt. I call it pretty darn good.”
The Muse’s Muse
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“Donovan has a poetic flare for story telling and artistic descriptions of life…a great album for all those who delve into Irish folk and maybe some that don’t. Ricko Donovan has proven himself as an Americeltic artist to remember.”Swift Reviews
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The Journal for Dulcimer Enthusiasts
Vol. 34 No. 1
Winter 2008
Music Reviews, The Laughing Silver String, Ricko Donovan
Ricko Donovan is a Nashville-based musician and singer who learned his trade by spending several years busking and living in Europe, primarily in Spain and Ireland. He played hammered dulcimer on the streets, in cafes, theaters, and clubs for about seven years before returning to Tennessee. Much of his time was spent outside Doolin in County Clare and along the Cliffs of Moher during the summer months. The Laughing Silver String is his fourth release and features Ricko on solo hammered dulcimer and guitar with occasional assistance from Cindy Wyatt on Celtic harp, Sonja O’Brien on fiddle, Franko Hashiguchi on pennywhistle and bodhran, Marney McCague on Irish flute, Marcel Botteman on fiddle, Rolf Groesbeck on tabla and dumbek, and Neal Lee on bodhran. The tunes are mostly staples of the traditional Irish repertoire and include dance tunes as well as several O’Carolan pieces. All are exceptionally well played and nicely arranged. Ricko’s dulcimer is well out in front on every track and the other instruments complement his lead nicely when a change of pace is appropriate. Ricko doesn’t sing on this recording but his Website has several tracks that indicate he is a multi-talented performer who is at home with both traditional and more contemporary music. This album is all traditional and is well worth your attention.
Flagstaff Live
Cibola Beacon

“A rollercoaster ride…haunting and visceral, a powerful new voice in Irish folk.”
-Irish Music Magazine

“A skillfull master of a unique and beautiful instrument.”-Cormac MacConnell, Clare FM Radio Ireland

“He renders Irish ballads with the greatest sensitivity and the rest with the reckless abandon of a steamrolling train with no brakes…” – The Clare Champion