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As I live and breathe

  Rick’s latest album is out now, with an official release date of June 5. The album is called ‘As I Live and Breathe’ and is a collection of 13 original songs. Rick sings and plays most of the material but he is also indebted to Roxane Smith, Barry Edwards, Niall Ross and Gary Foote, […]

A Slave to the Rhythm – Part 9

Part 9: The Question of Sampling   The ninth in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now In previous pages I was remembering how I used to take a cassette recorder around with me to record anything of interest. […]

When Mountains Meet

When Mountains Meet/Jub Milain Pahaar is a music theatre and visual art project that connects Scotland and Pakistan both culturally and geologically. It is inspired by the first hand true story of musician Anne Wood, whose mother is Scottish and her father Pakistani.   Anne, an old friend of Helen and Rick’s, has drawn together a […]

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 […]