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The Ilowite Family Tree



Fourth Generation


Richard Alan "Rick" (b. 2/27/1954) w Katharine Linn Defenderfer (b. 2/23/1979)



Ralph & Wini






Rick and Katharine at The Turning Point, October 2007


Rick is a computer software engineer and a semi-professional guitarist who specializes in old-time blues and ragtime.

Katharine is currently back in school working towards her bachelor's.


Click on the links below for a couple of video clips of Rick from the mid-90s performing on a syndicated folk music cable TV called "Horses Sing None of It", hosted by Ralph Litwin:


"The Ballad of Tony & Delia"

"Blind Arthur's Breakdown"


Rick & his bass-playing buddy, Keith Thomson, made a CD in 1993 that was produced by Jorma Kaukonen, founder and lead guitarist of the legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Rick has also recorded and performed with Danny Kalb of the equally legendary band, The Blues Project. He also has his own music website where you can hear some other clips and find out where he's playing. Click here: Airtight Music


Performing at the Peekskill Coffeehouse, Spring 2007


Playing at a club in Philadelphia called Chestnut Cabaret in the mid-90s. From left to right are Michael Falzarano, Rick, Keith Thomson, and Jorma Kaukonen


At the Sandy Hook Clearwater Festival in the mid 90s. From left to right are Danny Kalb, Rick, and Keith Thomson


At about age 13, sporting his Beatles haircut


At about age 20, peering fearlessly through the doors of perception