Richard Churchley

Musician, singer, poet, songwriter

Richard (Dick) Churchley has more than thirty years experience working in the music scene. He has performed solo and in various bands and duos on radio and in concert at all sorts of venues: from big festivals to intimate pub settings, from Children in Need concerts at the BBC to private parties. He has a reputation for serious music with a sense of fun; message with entertainment.

He has a commitment to live music, and enjoys the various sounds of different acoustic instruments and their combined effect. Amongst the instruments Richard plays himself are: piano accordion, keyboard, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, cittern and both five-string and tenor banjo.

He enjoys playing many types of music especially traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, France and America. Cajun music from Louisiana and Appalachian music are a firm favourite with audiences along with early rock'n'roll and skiffle. Other types of music performed include medieval and seventeenth and eighteenth century songs and tunes. Victorian Music Hall songs are another forte.

Richard considers the lyrics to be as important as the melody, and has led songwriting workshops at festivals and has a reputation for his imaginative arrangements and self-penned works in a number of styles, both poignant and comic.

Richard is available for all types of gigs: lectures on local folk-music from the west midland counties, theme evenings such as Irish, Scottish, cowboy, medieval and Victorian.

Richard works with a variety of talented musicians in various bands which can cater for all sorts of musical needs, e.g. for fund-raising events for schools and colleges, weddings, parties, concerts, pub gigs and for outdoor events. Venues are as varied as Asda Supermarket, Warwick Castle, Worcester Victorian Street Fair, Salford Priors W.I. and Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club.

Through Richard's own music agency he can supply musicians for most situations.

Particularly popular in the Midlands are Richard's barn-dance and ceilidh band called Pat's On The Fiddle. Richard mainly plays accordion in this band, with Alan Benjamin on guitar and Pat Heslip on fiddle. Pat doubles as caller, and Benji and Richard share vocals on a great variety of songs to make the evening go with a swing. The emphasis is on fun, fun, fun. When needed, other musicians swell their ranks too, e.g. on bass guitar and percussion.

Another combination in great demand at festivals and pubs and for weddings and parties is Richard's band The O'Cajunal Playboys. This band plays fun, up-tempo music in a variety of styles from Cajun and Rock 'n' Roll through Appalachian to Irish. Richard (accordion and harmonica) shares vocals with Alan Smith (guitar). Fiddle and more mandolin are provided by the incomparable Jon London.

The Banqueteers are available for medieval themed events. They include many singers and musicians featuring Richard Churchley along with the experienced Alan (Benji) Benjamin who has been around from medieval times himself. Richard also joins husband and wife team, Stuart and Sheila Hague, under the name Brandy Wine Bridge to perform medieval and traditional songs and tunes. Again the emphasis is on fun.

English traditional music and Victorian ditties can be supplied by The Jolly Boys.

If you want any of these types of music, please contact Richard Churchley.