Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer Of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers. He turned his back on show biz for his first loves of music and art. 4,200 live shows, 62 British tours, 17 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits says it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller ‘The Road To Little Dribbling,’ His Animal Alphabet poems are used as English Teaching Aids in 14 countries from The USA to Swaziland,his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and supported Steve Martin in the USA. He is one of a just a handful of folk-singers listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters.
On his own ITV show for London Weekend Television he performed a guitar duet with Queen guitarist Brian May and also played guitar with Status Quo on 'Address Book' and 'Questions' with The Moody Blues. He also accompanied Juan Martin, Elkie Brooks, Marc Cohn 'Walking in Memphis' and Suzie Quatro.
Richard is the recipient of The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the highest accolade from Rotary International, for his written contribution to a project to eradicate polio worldwide via his Purple Pinkie Poem. The funds raised was doubled by Microsoft's Bill Gates.
Richard was born in West Ham, London, the son of a lorry driver and a sweet factory cleaner, before leaving for college in Glasgow. He developed a passion, originally for traditional folk music through the singing of The Watersons and Young Tradition, before being inspired by Bob Dylan and later by Ralph McTell with whom he carved a close friendship. After a short time in Pisces, a duo of himself and John O'Connor, who went on to write 'Star Trekkin,' his solo career began and he released his first album for Transatlantic, 'England's Green and Pleasant Land.' followed by 'How The West Was Lost' voted Melody Maker Folk Album Of The Year.
1974 saw his debut as a support act, a British tour with Steeleye Span, a great success that led through the 70s to him becoming a support act for great names of the time; Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, Tom Jones, Elkie Brooks, The Kinks, and Cat Stevens as he was known at the time, At the end of the 1970s, having already secured his own BBC Radio 2 series for 6 years, he joined Capital Radio, London, where he presented the first ever folk programme on British commercial radio, until he joined LWT and so began his television career.
As his television career began he'd already scooped numerous radio awards through musical compositions and soundtracks for documentaries such as 'Dying For a Drink' and 'Down to Earth' along with the BBC Radio 4 documentary on Sir Rowland Hill who created the penny post.
After 11 years in TV Richard chose to concentrate more on his music and art and left the heady world of show-biz behind for a quieter life in Salisbury with his two daughters Polly and Rosie. He now composes soundtrack music in his digital recording studio and performs in smaller intimate venues thanks to a loyal following envied by so many performers.