As we pass the autumn equinox Richard Durrant is currently out and about on his autumn Stringhenge Solo Tour. This is his first outing since the two long drives to the South of France running his Guitar Holidays not to mention 1,000 miles on a bicycle playing those gigs through the heat of summer 2018.
The last few days crossing the UK have been very affecting, witnessing the start of autumn whilst travelling from Sussex to Scotland in the bright sunshine. A stop off in Edwinstowe included walking into the Forest of Sherwood to play at the opening of the new visitor centre.
Richard tells us more:
‘It was a beautiful evening and I stood next to a hog roast (with a very convincing Robin Hood and Little John looking on), playing my bog oak guitar to the gathered folk of the Sherwood Forest Trust. Later that same evening Friar Tuck showed up at my concert in the church where Robin and Marian where supposedly wed. The good Friar bought some vinyl – he hasn’t gone digital just yet.’
Richard then travelled on to Northumbria to visit the new workshop and home of Gary Southwell. Gary made the beautiful concert guitar that has been so central to Richard’s musical adventures for the last two years.
The cover pic to this newsletter is the view of Gary’s workshop from the nearest proper road!
After a wonderful Friday night at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, Scotland, Richard headed south-west to Cumbria to perform at the Upfront Gallery and Puppet Theatre in Unthank. It is a unique place and it’s always worth arriving early to have a look round…
and you never know when you might see a puppet!
As of two weeks ago, the Stringhenge album is now officially ‘out there’. It’s still getting plays on BBC 6 Music and was also chosen as one of the Guardian’s ‘Top folk album Picks of the Month’. The album has now just arrived on all digital platforms (i-tunes etc).
Richard Durrant and the Burning Deck
The unexpected popularity of standout track Kenneth the Hedge (which has been played all over the network) has prompted Richard to get together with some of the musicians from the album to perform at the Ropetackle gig on Tuesday 16th October. With Stephen Hiscock on drums, Howard Beach keys, Gareth Huw-Davies on bass and Rabs on guitar and additional vocals this is Richard Durrant and The Burning Deck.
Richard’s message to everyone now is to…
‘Enjoy the change in season – get yourself some conkers – and I hope to see you at a gig sometime soon!’