Richard Durrant tell us he has been as busy as ever during the long winter months and now brings up some exciting news about what’s coming up this Spring…
Welcome to my first blog of 2018 – albeit a rather belated one as we’ve already passed Imbolc and the days are lengthening as we head for spring.
I have two big, long term projects running at the moment. I would love to tell you about them both and hope that you find them unusual and interesting.
Richard Durrant: STRINGHENGE
A double album on vinyl and CD
I’m currently recording my new album Stringhenge to be released on June 1st in St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney. It’s a project I’ve been planning for many years.
The album is directly inspired by the British landscape and by my beautiful English guitars, but the musical roots of Stringhenge lie in the British folk tradition and obscure British Prog. The album also feeds directly off the oddness of my musical upbringing.
You can already order copies of Stringhenge on vinyl, CD or download. You can also buy tickets for the album tour concerts taking place between Orkney and Sussex.
You can also pledge your support in other ways:
* Buy a ticket for the private concert in my studio (5th May)
* Include somebody’s name on the album artwork
* Buy front row tickets to many of the gigs on the tour (includes a signed copy of the album).
I shall be cycling between concerts on the promo tour (Orkney to Sussex). If any cyclists would like to join me (and co-rider Sean) on the northern leg of the tour from Orkney to Lindisfarne (June 1st to 8th) then please contact me asap for details…
There is a cost involved in taking part – but this will go directly towards the production costs of the album.
There will be two warm up gigs during the recording of Stringhenge at the following locations:
2nd March The Old Meeting House, Ditchling
10th March Theaterkerk Bemmel, Netherlands
The Richard Durrant Orchestra
We’re extremely busy preparing for our second concert which will take place on April 21st at The Hawth in Crawley. I’ve been working hard on the scores!
The concert will feature:
- Six Grooves for Ukulele – a six movement 45 minute ukulele concerto with additional “Antiphonal Ukes” from the local community.
- The Girl at the Airport – for guitar and strings.
- Cycling Music – a full length version which I’ve now scored for the full orchestra – of course including Stephen Hiscock on the Bicyclatter
Any ukulele players wishing to take part should contact us straight away.
Existing Six Grooves passport holders can come to a refresher at Ropetackle on Wednesday 11th April, 7pm and also take part in an open dress rehearsal on 16th April.
Stringhenge Album Tour