Guitarist, composer and ukulele virtuoso Richard Durrant returns to The Stables with his trademark blend of original guitar music, British flavoured folk, JS Bach and plenty of tales from the road.
Richard will arrive at The Stables having cycled all the way from St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. After the concert he’ll continue onwards, finally arriving to play at Brighton Open Air Theatre on 21st June for the summer solstice. Performing in a mixture of venues in beautiful settings Richard will play music from his new album Weald Barrows.
Music for Midsummer 2020 is just the beginning of an even longer musical pilgrimage for Richard. In September he will continue onwards to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain performing concerts along the way. This will be Richard’s fourth and longest Cycling Music adventure. The first was in 2014, a 1,500 mile UK concert tour undertaken as an ECO statement in response to the traditionally large carbon footprint generated by a touring musician. A Just Giving campaign to raise money for UNICEF will run alongside the 2020 tour and Richard will cycle carrying both a European and an Extinction Rebellion flag.
Says Richard: “Pedalling the length of Britain on my own and sharing this experience in the evenings at my concerts is a curious challenge which seems to introduce a magic and a concentration to the music.”
Talking of the journey onwards in his Cycling Music pilgrimage Richard continues: “I’m currently assembling a group of cyclists to come with me from Dieppe to Santiago in September - a sort of Weald Barrows peloton! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new album than by playing music in these wonderful places whilst drawing attention to the issues surrounding climate change”.