"Ghosts Of Heroes" Part 1 September - December 2014.
Richard is now leading the creative edge of a new Heritage Lottery Funded project on behalf of Festival On The Moor which has a WW1 theme.. The result of the first 3 months work has seen the creation of STORMBOUND a musical play telling the story of the 1914 ROHILLA disaster in Whitby. This is accompanied by a CD of the same title now on sale here at the online store or as a download from iTunes, CDBaby etc.
Richard has created several new songs for the album including 'Come On My Bonny Lads', 'Hills Of Lancashire' and 'Rohilla and The Rock'. Richard is joined on this album by Chris Parkinson, Sara Dennis, Monkeys Fist, The Ramshackle Shantymen and Men Of Staithes plus performers , musicians and singers from Whitby's Caedmon College and Eskdale School.
Forthcoming elements to the project, starting in 2015,will include The Whitby Bombardment of 1914 and research into lives of those who took part in the conflict from the Esk Valley, moorland and coastal villages.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum 2013
Worked several sessions with this award winning museum.Creative writing and song workshops with pupils of Danby Cof E Primary School following a tour of the mine accompanied by a professional guide and former miner.
Composed a new song '' Northern Drift'' which was professionally recorded with the children and committed to CD.
' Flithers & Swill ' Staithes ' A unique fishing village on the North Yorkshire Coast '
In association with Staithes Heritage Live Sessions and North York Moors National Park, Richard is undertaking a project that will take a look at local history and dialect.The project waa the idea of Caro;e Zagrovic and the late Brian Butcher.
To do this he will be collecting stories and memories from long-time residents of the community and the children of Seton Primary School.
From the information that is gathered, Richard plans to compose a song to celebrate the people, local culture and dialect that he hopes will be the lasting legacy of the project. The song(s) will be recorded in a local studio and published on CD.
A concert and exhibition of the work carried out will take place at the end of August. Copies of the CD will be available at that concert. Check this website for date and venue.
Two new songs were composed as a result of this project ''Streets Of Steers' and ' Flithers & Swill'