And here’s a little flash of what’s to come at Stringhenge with a rather English version of a piece by JS Bach – his Bouree from the 1st Lute Suite in E minor – which Richard calls his ‘Bog Oak Bouree’.
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Richard Durrant is emerging from his studio where he’s been buried in notes writing his new concerto: Six Grooves for Ukulele. But he’s looking forward to a fantastic season ahead. Here’s his update…
May has been a month for composing and it’s racing past – the only sunlight I’ve seen is when I’ve jumped on my bike for inspiration. But now I look to the start of my Summer Concerts; a mixture of Stringhenge (the first next Friday 26th May at Theatr Clwyd, Mold) and then a short run of gigs with the fantastic Mr Ledesma.
Yes, Ismael, one of the leading Paraguayan harpists of all time is returning to our shores for a weeks’ tour. Together we’ll be playing music from our new album Durrant y Ledesmawhich we launched in Paraguay last month.
Durrant Y Ledesma
If you didn’t see us last time you must try and come along – these gigs are something different! We start with an open air show at the Brighton Open Air Theatre on 15th June and finish at The Stables in Milton Keynes on 20th June.
I hope to see you soon and I hope the sun is shining on us all by then!
Tour Diary 2017: Upcoming Dates
Here are all the dates coming up in the next few months – but do check the website for updates as new shows are being added regularly.
Richard has recently returned from his visit to Paraguay where he and Ismael played a concert and launched their new album ‘Durrant y Ledesma’.
Richard also played a solo concert in Asuncion’s Salle Moliere – but while in Asuncion something magical happened:
Richards explains: ”Sometimes on these tours magical things can happen when you least expect them. While I was in Asuncion, I visited the Plaza Uruguaya – the very spot where Barrios Mangoré himself performed for the very last time in Paraguay in 1925. He left his home country soon after, never to return and died in 1944. I decided to play ‘La Última Canción’ a fitting piece for an impromptu, Paraguayan happening.
This film includes my remarkable, spontaneous encounter with Paraguayan dancer Gaby Cabrera. It was filmed and recorded entirely on i-phones (my phone was hidden just inside my guitar case to capture the audio) and then I edited it all in my hotel room. All this took place on Saturday, 8 April 2017.”
Durrant Y Ledesma
The Durrant y Ledesma album launch was a great success. This album is available from our online shop as a CD or as downloadable FLAC or Apple Lossless files at full mastering quality (96-24).
The No 26 Bus to Paraguay
Richard’s book ‘The No 26 Bus to Paraguay’ is also available online and contains eleven, previously unreleased, beautiful new guitar pieces plus the story of how a number 26 Brighton bus took the Richard all the way to Paraguay.
All these items are ow available in Richard’s online shop.
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