Inspiring folk artist and poet Richard Digance plays The Hawth

Richard Digance
Richard Digance

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

He plays The Hawth Studio, Crawley, on Saturday, June 4, at 7.45pm.

Spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor said: “Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he’s respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist.

“His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs.

“His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

“He is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy song writing.

“Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. His poetry is published around the world, from The University of British Columbia, Canadian syllabus for English; Fearndon Teaching Aids, Illionois, USA, The Oxford University Anthology of Poetry, The West Indies Schools syllabus and more recently in Australia and in Cape Town.

“He has survived all trends with his two and-a-half hour one-man show, his summer festival appearances in the UK, the United States, Canada and Dubai, his cruise work and television appearances.

“He is both an accomplished musician, rated by many as one of Britain’s greatest acoustic guitarists, inspired by his good friend Ralph McTell, and an entertainer who many younger comedians, including Ross Noble, claim as one of their major influences.

“On his own ITV Saturday night show Richard has played guitar with Queen’s Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris deBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks.

“However, Richard Digance does not rest on his immense reputation. In the past two years he has broadened his appeal, firstly by proving to be one of Britain’s most sought after cruise entertainers and secondly by returning to his musical roots through major music festival appearances.”

Richard celebrates 50 years of songwriting and performing with a new album of ‘pure nostalgia’. Titled ‘Richard Digance Remembers’ the CD includes a brand new extended version of his most requested ‘Remembers’ song.

Tickets for the concert cost £18. Call the box office on 01293 553636 or visit www.hawth.co.uk. Alternatively, you can email hawthboxoffice@parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.

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