The Golden Porcupine
"Lifetime Achievement Award"
Ivan Hicks is one of the nicest people
you'd ever want to meet and if you're
into fiddle music, he's from heaven.
He has been entertaining the people of
New Brunswick since he was a
mandolin child backing his father -
Porcupine Hall of Famer Curtis Hicks
- at dances. In the early 1960s he was
a member of the Golden Valley Boys
who went on to record an album of
country music. In the 1970s he won
various fiddle contests, including the
prestigious Maritime Fiddle Contest
(twice). A teacher by profession (now
retired) he understood how to teach
young fiddlers how to play properly.
Coming from the old school of
thought where the music accompanies the dancers, he understands the very
nature of what he plays. In 1985 Ivan was inducted into the New Brunswick
Country Music Hall of Fame, followed by induction into the North American
Fiddlers Hall of Fame (1990) and now the Porcupine Awards Hall of Fame. In
fact, Curtis and Ivan Hicks are the first father and son members of the Great
Hall of the Porcupines. He has appeared on my radio shows with his wife,
Vivian (pictured above) and his band, The Maritime Express. He is a true
gentleman with a legion of fans and friends that stretch from one end of this
country to the other.