The Guitar Whisperer

And that means more beautiful, acoustic music from Richard to be heard in his series of four Summer concerts…

Loude sing cuckou!

Groweth seed and bloweth meed,

And springth the wode now.

Sing cuckou!

Chalk Figures in the English Landscape

Two of the concerts will be performed entirely acoustically in churches standing in significant points in the English landscape. First Wilmington Church in Sussex will host Richard on the Summer Solstice at the feet of the Long Man of Wilmington.

Then in July, very close  to the White Horse of Uffington, Richard will perform in Baulking’s St. Nicholas Church in Oxfordshire.

I dug deep into the virtuoso classical guitar repertoire for these concerts and have chosen some truly mind blowing music. The sublime Villa-Lobos Etude No.7, Bach’s E major fiddle Prelude and Barrios’ La Catedral are amongst my all time favourites included in these special gigs.

Says Richard

The concerts at Brighton Open Air Theatre and Ropetackle Arts Centre will be amplified and on a larger scale but will contain the same solo repertoire plus a totally unmissable folk finale played by Richard with his old mates Tom Arnold on accordion and Nick Pynnon fiddle and dulcimer. Nick, Dick & Tom re-united!

Photo credits:

  1. Image by Jon Everitt.
  2. Uffington White Horse: USGS – World Wind (go), Public Domain
  3. Long Man of Wilmington: Cupcakekid at English Wikipedia
Bach and Tweet

Wake up to Richard’s new track Bach and Tweet which will appear on Spotify and other platforms at sunrise (5.34am) on May Day…

It was recorded at the Knepp – the trailblazing rewilding project in Sussex – late one Spring evening. Richard gently strummed Bach on the ukulele and was joined by five Nightingales singing along.

‘It was all a bit quiet at first but after a couple of phrases of Bach we heard a few solo twitters and trills and then one thing led to another and a chorus of Nightingales sang along to the gentle, woody, plucked notes of my uke.’

Richard’s connections with Knepp begun in 2018 when he was invited to join singer Sam Lee at a Nightingale led event.  As a keen environmental campaigner Richard was inspired by, and used field recordings from Knepp on his 2020 album Rewilding.

Best-selling author and joint founder of Knepp Wilding project Isabella Tree describes Richard’s Rewilding as ‘Beyond beautiful…’ and played a track from it during her recent appearance on BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions.

The ukulele used to record Bach and Tweet was made by the world renowned luthier Pete Howlett. The extremely rare and environmentally significant wood which Pete chose to make this famous instrument is Biscuit Cedar rescued from the infamous Oregon, Biscuit Creek forest fires that raged in 2002.

Check out some of Richard’s great concerts coming up this summer with two UK tours…

Photo of Nightingale credit: David Oldham

The Guitar Whisperer

Watch out… The Guitar Whisperer is at large as Richard prepares for two solo 2024 tours…

First there are four, fascinating Summer shows, each being slightly different…

Things begin on Midsummer’s Day (Friday 21st June) in Wilmington Church Sussex with an incredible programme of guitar favourites including the not unrelated Bach Prelude in E (BWV 1006.1) and Barrios’ La Catedral.

Two days later the show can be heard once again at Brighton Open Air Theatre but this time with a fantastic Midsummer finale played by Richard with his longstanding folk sparring partners Nick Pynn (fiddle and dulcimer) and Tom Arnold (accordion, percussion and hammond)

The music continues on Friday July 19th at Ropetackle Arts Centre with more solo guitar greats and a rip-roaring finale by Richard, Nick and Tom.

The No 26 Bus to Paraguay

From September Richard will once again take his ever popular Paraguayan themed show out on the road. 

Tickets for 10 dates are already on sale.

Richard’s regular visits to this fascinating and magical part of South America have earned him accolades and awards whilst his concerts and trilogy of Paraguayan albums have uncovered the richness of guitar music being written in the region today.

‘I have never heard anything like it. Durrant seems to be having fun with each measure, with each phrase and passage…’

Carlos Author of ‘El Inalcanzable’ and authority on the life of Barrios

Richard is now widely recognised as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the music of Agustin Barrios. In these concerts he uncovers the beauty of Paraguayan music and shares stories from the central southern cone of South America. He also explains how all this began for him on a number 26 Brighton corporation bus.

And lastly…

Happy Easter!

Richard Durrant

Richard is hitting the ground running in 2024 with some fantastic events. Here are some highlights…

French Guitar Adventurers

22-28 April 2024

French Guitar Adventurers

Join Richard in the Spring sunshine in the south of France for his annual residential guitar course. Set in a stunning, secluded location in the Charente, this course is designed for players from Grade 5 to advanced level.

FGA, with space for up to 10 guitarists (plus partners), will help develop technique and broaden musical skills. There is plenty of time to practise, an open mic night and the week ends with a public concert packed full of solos and ensemble music.

A few places remain for FGA 2024!

Summer Music Concerts

Although there will be no Cycling Music Tour this year Richard will still be marking the middle of summer with a handful of special solo concerts in and around Sussex.

These will include Summer Solstice concerts at Wilmington Church on 21st June and Brighton Open Air Theatre on 23rd June.

The No.26 Bus to Paraguay

Autumn Tour 2024

No 26 Bus to Paraguay

A highlight of 2024, tickets are already on sale for this amazing Paraguayan flavoured tour. Richard brings his South American adventures to life in a revival of his acclaimed show which features the music of Agustín Barrios alongside projected artwork, photography and film. Richard’s visits to Paraguayan began in 2011 and inspired some of his finest work. 

‘…something of a love letter to Paraguay…’ 

Norman Darwen RNR

Candlelit Christmas Tour

December 2024

Richard and band bring a unique twist to the end of the year with the ever popular candlelit Christmas concerts. There is something about this wintry musical feast which seems to strike just the right midwinter tone with its less commercial acoustic vibe, the unique reworking of familiar carols and songs plus the stunning new material provided by every member of the band.

‘An all embracing winter tapestry…’ 

Guitar and Bass Magazine

If you would like to bring Richard to a venue near you – just get in touch and we’ll see if we can fit in a visit.

Candlelit Christmas Concerts

The Candlelit Christmas Concerts tour heads to Wales this week before returning to East Sussexfor the final gigs…

Last weekend Richard, Amy, Daisy and Django played four extraordinary shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre.  People seemed deeply affected with many saying afterwards how much they needed this musical escapism.

These shows were very moving for us from the moment we walked onstage, I think because there is so much to cry about at the moment.  In response the audience began to generate a strong, positive energy. I will never forget this uplifting feeling of humanity.

Says Richard

This week the show travels to Mid Wales at the wonderful Theatr Brycheiniog on Wednesday 20 December. Join us for this musical celebration of Christmas and Midwinter – all on Solstice Eve. 

As a special treat Richard and the band are staying in Cardiff on Tuesday…

They head up to Brecon the following day for their first gig in this lovely venue.  

The tour continues during the Solstice at Wilmington Church in East Sussex on Friday 22 December with both matinee and evening shows. This promises to be a truly magical end to the tour.

They are not taking the show to Theatre Clwyd this year due to their major refurb – but don’t miss our hour long film from Richard’s 2023 Clwyd performance…

Premiering on YouTube at 11am this Christmas Day.


Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon – 20 December

Wilmington Church – 22 December

Richard Durrant and Sallie Durham

Join Richard Durrant for one of his festive Candlelit Christmas Concerts from 9 December and discover what happened when he collaborated with prize-winning poet Sallie Durham…

Sallie published her first collection I Left My Hair in San Francisco with Indigo Dreams in May 2022. Recently she worked with composer, guitar maestro and barefoot troubadour, Richard Durrant to create a new song for the festive season. 

Richard’s much-loved Candlelit Christmas Concerts have started the festive season for Sallie and her family for many years. So when he suggested a collaboration she was delighted with the challenge.

By a stroke of luck I had already written my own version of Robert Frost’s deceptively simple yet unfathomable ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’. Soon after re-reading this poem I wrote ‘The Shortest Day’ while walking through fields of ripe barley – proving that it is possible to think about midwinter in midsummer.

Says Sallie

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening and The Shortest Day will feature in Richard’s 2023 Christmas shows.

“I have enormous respect for Sallie as an artist and value enormously the fact that her observations on midwinter are part of my show. The songs we have created together provide a gentle, thought provoking oasis in the set.

Says Richard
Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas Concerts

Don’t miss Richard, Amy, Daisy and Django perform their most wintry show yet with a programme packed full of Christmas favourites, carols and brand new songs by every member of the band.

9-22 December 2023

  • Ropetackle Arts Centre
  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Wilmington Church
Amy Kakoura

It’s been 10 years since Richard Durrant invited young singer Amy Kakoura to join him on his UK Christmas Tour – and he has not looked back since…

The first time Richard heard Amy sing he knew we could create something magical.

’Here was a voice that combined an early music vibe with a folky, Pagan purity and a Christian message of hope for us all. It made me reach for my guitar.’

Says Richard

Richard has created his own unique brand of musical winter magic over the years, carefully avoiding the more commercial aspects of Christmas. 

Embracing both the Christian and Pagan landscape of these islands, his music hypnotises his audiences until they really do believe in Father Christmas!

Since 2023 Richard has brought another fascinating twist to his continuing wintry saga with the involvement of his family.

While Daisy Durrant has contributed songs to previous tours, this is her first time on the road singing and adding new instrumental colour with accordion, fiddle, whistles, piano and hammond.

His daughter Daisy and oldest son Django both bring new songs and instruments to the midwinter table.  They are a duo not to be underestimated.

Younger brother Django is now on his fourth Christmas tour offering his distinctive new songs, singing, playing drums and keyboards. He is currently studying music and music psychology at Leeds University.

Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas Concerts

But it is perhaps at Christmas that Richard Durrant’s musical gift shines brightest. Catch him and his musical mates on the Christmas tour if you possibly can.

9-22 December 2023

  • Ropetackle Arts Centre
  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Wilmington Church
Richard Durrant's Candlelit Christmas Concerts

It’s that time of year when the Durrant Christmas band assemble for a week of intensive rehearsals in preparation for their much celebrated Candlelit Christmas Concerts tour…

Richard’s Candlelit Christmas Concerts begin on 9 and 10 December at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, but of course the work begins long before.

Daisy Durrant joins the band for her first tour and has contributed much to the show over the years including some fantastic original songs. These will be performed alongside new material by Django, Amy and Richard.

Richard with Christmas band members Django and Daisy

2023 is also the 10th anniversary of Amy Kakoura joining the show – described by Richard as ‘the Voice of Christmas’.

There will also be a chance to hear some much loved, four part carols with this very satisfying ‘SATB’ spread of voices.

The Midwinter Christmas Collection

Meanwhile, you can listen to The Midwinter Christmas Collection on SPOTIFY

This collection is also available on other streaming platforms and downloadable from our ONLINE SHOP

Richard invites everyone to Come along and join this musical celebration of Christmas and Midwinter.’

9-22 December 2023

  • Ropetackle Arts Centre
  • Theatr Brycheiniog
  • Wilmington Church
French Guitar Adventurers

Richard’s next French Guitar Adventurers 22-28 April

This popular residential guitar course takes place each April in a beautiful, secluded location in the Charente region of France.

  • Daily study on classical guitars
  • Grade 5 to advanced level
  • Five days’ group practice
  • Culminating in a public concert
  • Magnificent location

This is a chance to effect real change in your playing under Richard’s careful guidance.

‘We will thoroughly explore standing to play whilst spending time on breathing techniques and key awareness – all part of getting the most from your daily practise and moving your playing on.’

Says Richard

There are currently just three spaces remaining (plus partners – more player spaces available if sharing a room). 

Book now to avoid disappointment

Richard Durrant pictured re-gig at St Michael's Church Lewes (photo: Felix Durrant)

Richard’s highly successful Autumn Equinox tour was full of great music and lovely people…

‘It’s hard to pick moments from such a magical week: from seeing authors Phillip Carr-Gomm and Tom Cutler sitting in the same row with recorder player Piers Adams and composer Peter Copley at Lewes, to Pete Howlett presenting me with a newly finished Terz guitar to play my encore in Bangor! It was one of those weeks…’

Says Richard

Concerts in St Michael’s Lewes, Pound Arts Corsham, Bangor and Plas Tan y Bwlch all went down a storm. And for their big Saturday night gig North Wales Guitar Circle did well to book Penrhyn Hall – the former home to the BBC Light Orchestra with its famous acoustic.

‘Thanks to everyone who worked at the venues. You confirmed that I have the best job in the world.’

Added Richard

Richard and Louise are currently booking the 2024 Autumn Equinox Tour: The Number 26 Bus To Paraguay.

Photographs – top: Richard pictured pre-gig at St Michael’s Church Lewes (photography by Felix Durrant) and pre-gig for Harlech Music Society at Plas Tan y Bwlch North Wales (photograph by Louise Durrant)