7 July 2017
John Richards began writing and performing in his early teens. Over the years he has quietly become one of the most covered writers on the UK folk scene and has been a well-respected musician and songwriter from those early days.
Songs such as Did you like the Battle Sir? (written with Bev Pegg), Honour & Praise, The Deserter, Shine On, Roaring Water Bay (written with Dave Jones), The Unknown Soldier, The Moth, Foundryman’s Daughter, The Smuggler’s Song (written with Rudyard Kipling ☺), and If You Can Walk You Can Dance have been covered by some of UK Folk music’s finest professional artists as well as a long line of local singers.
John has fronted a number of bands over the years, Springheel Jack, The Ivor Smallpiece Big Band, Maurice and the Minors, Desperate Men, and the John Richards Band (in various line ups).
Brian is a 60-something with a 40-something attitude. Having performed for many years both solo and with numerous others in numerous combinations, his artistry is something to behold.
A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.
He has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants; be it playing of instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or by singing gentle ballads and love songs. He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions.
Brian’s recent appendage to his ‘Act’ is the occasional airing of self-penned and extremely witty poetry. This is not to be missed for it is believed that he could be the next Poet Loreat.
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