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A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 8

The eighth in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now  Who needs the biz ? When I was rather floundering around during my semi-pro years, I had very little real picture of what it would actually take to make […]

The Place of the Sacred Snake

Two stories open in parallel: Millicent in 1930s Kerala, Nadia in 1980s London. Half a century apart, these two very different Western women experience the powerful embrace of rural India. Their stories become interwoven as Nadia, a scriptwriter, unpicks the mystery surrounding mission schoolteacher Millicent and both women face tragedies of their own. After years […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 7

The seventh in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now Learning styles and serving the story My recent associations with Indian musicians happened in a sequence of visits I had made to India to continue my earlier study of […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 6

The sixth in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now Part 6        Suitable Language Suitable Language was my first solo album release on my newly created Third Force Records label. It contained a wide remit of […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 5

The fifth in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now   Developing a personalised approach I had another five years of touring and recording with a reformed The Work to which I could now bring some of my new […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 4

                                                              A Giant Leap into the Unknown   Inspired by the idea of a complete change of scene and influence, I (together with Helen), found our […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 3

The third in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now No 3: Influences and idiosyncracies Time check – 1976. Musically, my ears had been filled by a glorious and rewarding period of listening. Electric jazz had been stirring me […]

Voices from Off Centre

Rick’s latest album, ‘Voices from Off-Centre’ has now been released on Third Force Records and is available for download from Bandcamp.  It’s also available in hard copy on CD. Voices From Off-Centre casts a wide view of voice:- songs, intonations, the calls of traders and of birds, captured voices recontextualised, playground rhymes and electronic manipulations. […]

A Slave to the rhythm: Part 2

The second in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now No 2 –  Allusions, elusions and illusions   Not having any transport, I had little opportunity to get around and play with other people. For a while I couldn’t […]

A slave to the rhythm

The first in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now. No 1  – How did it all begin ? Its hard to say exactly what started me off on this caper but, if pressed, I would have to say […]