Relative Harmony’s feel good folk songs bring out the toe-tapping, voice raising, joyously smiling ‘folkie’ in everyone. Rick Avery and Judy Greenhill, backbones of the children’s music scene for decades, formed the band with their children Jonathan and Katie, and the result is pure musical jubilation. It has a strong traditional Anglo/American, Celtic influence, and features fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo and percussion. Their vocal harmonies are uplifting and contagious, and it’s a good thing too, because they revel in audience participation.
Rick and Judy met in 1978, and after two years of performing together they married. Since teaming up they have performed more than two thousand concert venues, including numerous appearances at major festivals and concert halls in Canada and the United States. They were featured several times on Stuart MacLean’s popular CBC radio show, ‘The Vinyl Café‘ and are featured on the Vinyl Café’s Christmas CD.
In 2002, Rick and Judy became Relative Harmony, welcoming their son Jonathan to the musical team. Daughter Katie joined the melange in 2005. Relative Harmony has appeared individually and together at many southern Ontario venues, as well as many dance venues throughout the American mid-west. They have entertained at numerous social gatherings. Their instrumental music is a blend of traditional Anglo-American and Celtic dance tunes for two violins, piano/guitar and percussion. Vocally they perform traditional and contemporary folk songs in two, three and four-part harmony.
Today, Katie teaches Suzuki violin in Whitehorse, Yukon; Jonathan is married and lives with his wife in Anchorage, Alaska and performs with a number of local dance bands. They have been replaced by fiddler and champion Irish dancer Marilena Mohan, who lives in nearby Conestogo, Ontario. She continues the tradition of high energy, infectious fiddling that makes Relative Harmony a must have for local contra, English and barn dance enthusiasts across Ontario.
Relative Harmony has performed all over Ontario and in the U.S.; and at a plethora of school, community, camp and wedding dances.