In addition to his bass playing, Ritchie is also proficient at the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. He acquired a Jun Shihan (shakuhachi teaching license) in March 2003 and his professional name is “Tairaku” (“big music” in Japanese).
In 2006 he and his wife Dr Varuni Kulasekara moved to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where he has guest played in a band called The Green Mist.
In Aug. 2007, Ritchie sued Violent Femmes bandmate Gordon Gano, claiming he was deprived proper songwriting credits on Violent Femmes songs.
Edited by idna on 6 Feb 2008, 09:54
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