Irish return for folk singer, Rob Richings

 

Early October see folk singer, Rob Richings, and brother James, return to Ireland in support of London’s Tom Baxter, both promoting their new releases.

Richings, whose family originates from the Emerald Isle, spent time in County Waterford during his teenage years in the mid-late nineties before relocating back to Swindon where he himself was born.

Ireland though has always held special affinity for the Richings family and this support slot, beginning in Belfast and taking in dates in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Poulnamuck, Clonakilty, Cork and ending in Dundalk, means a lot to the brothers.

“I’m thrilled to be back on the road with Tom Baxter in September and heading to Ireland,” admitted Rob.

“I have wonderful memories from the years I spent living in County Waterford as a teenager.

“It’s a shame we are not quite reaching Waterford on this tour but fingers crossed I will get back there one day for a show (of my own).”

His debut album, Parkas and Boots (2016) is an ode to that Irish heritage, drawing on his upbringing both in the hustle and bustle of Swindon, and of rural Ireland where, from the age of 12, he was playing covers in pubs and it excites him to be going back again to open shows for singer songwriter Tom Baxter.

“I have very fond memories of the free and easy lifestyle we had in the countryside in County Waterford,” continued Rob.

“All those nights sat in the little rural bars listening to and playing music, I loved that so I’m thrilled to be heading back with my guitar – but I’ll be doing my songs this time.

“My mum is from Dublin but we lived in Waterford, my grandad was a champion Irish weightlifter who was asked to go to represent his country in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.

“He has a blue plaque on a wall in Dungarvan where he was from and we also still have family there so go back to visit regular for holidays.

“My Parkas and Boots album is testament of that and reflects on our teenage years in Ireland and the simplistic, free lifestyle we had whilst living there whilst also being heavily influenced from the jam sessions in the country bars where we used to go and join in of course.”

Now, having taken a back seat over last winter following successful support tours, most recently with the global icon, Hazel O’Connor, Richings has returned this autumn with his new EP, Lately I’ve Been Wondering, released under Crescent Records on September 28, the day before heading to Ireland.

The opening track, ‘Be Alright,’ is vintage Richings, deceptively simple with a killer chorus that’ll be skipping around your head for ages, it’s a wonderful way to be told we’re doing fine.

By contrast, the gentle, reflective ‘Paperback Books’ finds beauty in darkness and reminds us not to judge a man until we can walk a mile in his shoes.

The jagged electric guitar figure of ‘Burn Like Fire’ adds an uneasy edge to the smooth finishes of Rob’s signature sound to which he returns on ‘Lately I’ve Been Wondering’ with its acoustic guitar, carefully considered melody and achingly personal lyrics: “Lately I’ve been wondering why I’m worrying when I’ve got it all.”

You can see Rob Richings (supporting Tom Baxter) on any of the following dates – Sept 29 Black Box – Belfast; Sept 30 Grand Social – Dublin; Oct 1 Roisin Dubh – Galway; Oct 2 Dolans Warehouse – Limerick; Oct 4 INEC Kilarney Acoustic Club – Poulnamuck; Oct 5 De Barra’s – Clonakilty; Oct 6 Triskel Christchurch – Cork; Oct 7 Spirit Store – Dundalk.

 

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