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. Over 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 17 books, 3 stage plays, 34 albums and 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 and 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 also one of 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 and The Moody Blues.
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 before being inspired by Bob Dylan and later by Ralph McTell with whom he carved a close friendship.
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 and Elkie Brooks. 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 for documentaries. After 11 years in TV Richard chose to concentrate more on his music and 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.