“If the rest of his forthcoming album is this good, expect big things from the PEI songwriter.”
— Jason Haywood (singer-songwriter and founding member of the Divorcees) on the new single, 'Nashwaak.'
Rick Sparkes + The Enablers are a dynamic collective of musicians who seamlessly blend melody, harmony, and story-telling into a sound that is unique to them. Rick, the chief songwriter in the band, is a multi-award winning writer whose poetry and essays have been published throughout Canada. In 2017, Rick turned his attention to songwriting with the release of his debut EP "Dirty Little Love Songs," which garnered him two Music PEI Award nominations (Male solo release OTY and Video OTY for "Western Wind," the second release from the EP). Since then, he has recruited the incredible talents of Paul Koberinski (guitar) and Ruth Ann MacMurdo (backing vocals) and together they have just wrapped production on their first full-length LP "The Trouble with the Light," due out in August 2018. The first single, 'Nashwaak' was released on May 22 and has been receiving critical acclaim from industry professionals and celebrated musicians alike. While often performing as a trio (Rick: acoustic guitar/vocals; Paul: electric guitar/vocals; Ruth Ann MacMurdo: vocals, tambourine), Rick and The Enablers occasionally round out their live performance with Stephane Bouchard on bass guitar and Vince Bouchard on drums. Whatever the lineup, the band delivers a lively, heartfelt performance of songs that audiences instantly connect to.