View from the Road
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.’
Gary and Richard

Gary and Richard

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!
Performing in Peebles

Performing in Peebles

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! Puppet

Album News

Stringhenge

Stringhenge album

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). CHECK OUT RICHARD’S NEW BANDCAMP SITE

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!’

Upcoming events

Richard Durrant

Richard Durrant – Shoreham-by-Sea

4 April : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£5 – £16 - Ropetackle Arts Centre

Travels with his Guitar

9 May : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£34.99 - Swindon Arts Centre

Exclusive Studio Concert

11 May : 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm£100 - Richard Durant’s Studio
Richard Durrant

Ukulele Festival of Scotland 2019

24 May : 12:00 am - 2 June : 11:59 pm£34.99 - Easterbrook Hall and Holiday Inn Hotel
Richard Durrant

Meet The Ukulele Makers 2019

31 May - 8 June£60 - Snowdonia National Park Centre
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Aberystwyth

5 June : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£10 – £12 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Narbeth

6 June : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£12 - Bethesda Chapel
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Kingskerwell

7 June : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£12 – £18 - Kingskerwell Parish Church
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Baulking

8 June : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£15 - St Nicholas Church
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Bexhill-on-Sea

12 June : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£5 – £15 - Bexhill-on-Sea
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Crawley

20 June : 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm£17.50 - The Hawth
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Brighton

21 June : 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£14 – £42 - The Brighton Open Air Theatre
Richard Durrant's Music for Midsummer

Richard Durrant’s Music For Midsummer – Stoke Golding

22 June : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£8 – £10 - Stoke Golding Village Hall
French Guitars

French Guitar Adventurers 2019 (SOLD OUT)

8 July : 1:00 pm - 14 July : 5:00 pmThe French Retreat

Summer Special Concert

19 July : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£34.99 - Ropetackle Arts Centre
French Guitars

French Guitar Adventurers 2019

16 September : 1:00 pm - 22 September : 5:00 pmThe French Retreat
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