Ric Sanders may be one of England's most versatile fiddlers. While his prime focus, since the mid-'80s, has been the British folk-rock that he plays with Fairport Convention, Sanders has proven equally effective at a diverse range of musical genres. He played experimental rock with Stomu Yamash'ta and the Red Buddah Theater and Soft Machine, traditional folk with the Albion Band, and jazz with a trio that he shared with vocalist Vikki Clayton and drummer Fred Thelonious Baker. A self-taught fiddler, Sanders was initially inspired by the music of jazz-fusion pioneers including John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Josef Zawinul. His fiddling was further influenced by the playing of such jazz fiddlers as Jean-Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Joe Venuti.