HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Mac and Dave met by fortunate accident while performing at a festival in Germany, where they stayed in the same apartment for a week. Late nights were had, strong drink was taken, and plants were carefully looked after.
As is often the case resolutions were made that they "should do something together”. It took quite a while and it wasn't straightforward as they are based on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, but they really did do something together, and called it Walk Like A Cow.
Dave’s eclectic career has embraced performance, recording and composing in theatre, dance, film, and television.
He is a passionate cross-cultural collaborator developing numerous pioneering projects that weave together disciplines, traditions and technologies. Beyond traditional music, he has a particular interest in the place of the bodhrán as a part of the wider family of frame drums. He has studied with master drummers and performs and teaches regularly at Tamburi Mundi Frame Drum festival sharing the stage with Glen Velez, Pete Lockett, Zohar Fresco and a certain Mister Mac Ritchey on oud. In theatre he has worked with National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, London, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe. In dance with many major companies and choreographers including Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Group, Merce Cunningham Company, Michael Clarke Company, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, and All or Nothing Ariel Dance Theatre
TV work includes RTP, RTE and BBC. He recently completed the score and sound design for Squad Walk films CryBaby Hill.
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Once referred to as a ‘musical Swiss Army knife', multi-instrumentalist Mac Ritchey brings a diverse palette of sounds and skills to both performance stage and recording studio. His music has been sculpted and influenced by a variety of genres and cultures, from classical Turkish to rock, jazz to reggae, the traditional to the cutting-edge.
For the past 10 years, Mac’s primary instrumental focus has been on the oud, or ‘Arabic lute’. His other instruments include guitar, bouzouki, çümbüs, saz, and didjeridu, as well as many forms of drums and percussion. Ritchey is a prolific composer and a member of bands 35th Parallel, Esthema, Dunham Shoe Factory, and The Response. He has toured the US over the past two decades, performing and teaching.
Mac’s involvement in music goes behind the scenes as well as an acclaimed music producer and proprietor of Possum Hall Studios in Carlisle MA. Credits include MTV “The Real World” (Sarah Fimm), Native American Music Award 2008 “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” and Grammy Entry List (Evren Ozan), and even the daytime drama “All My Children” (Eric Colville).
Mac currently lives in Carlisle MA and works tirelessly at keeping the deer from eating his vegetable garden.
For music, current projects, and more: www.possumhall.com