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Rob Richings
Oct 20th 2017 @ Community Centre @ Christ Church
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Friday, October 20th, 2017
7:30 PM
Rob Richings
If second chances are for the lucky, singer-songwriter Rob Richings is one of the luckiest. Diagnosed in 2009 with what proved to be a near-fatal illness, once he beat it Richings decided enough was enough and it was time to get serious about his music. So after jacking in his decorating job, and now relatively healthy, it's time to make good on his promise to himself.

I don't want my illness to define what I do, Rob says, but at the same time, that illness and the way I look at life now has made me a better songwriter.

Born in Swindon, Rob moved to rural Ireland aged 11 when his mum received a job offer (Something in IT for a solicitor, I think I didn't take much notice.). His two brothers and sister thrived in the countryside, camping, rambling, swimming, just being kids in the outdoors. It was also where he discovered music.


The Black Feathers
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.
The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.
Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes' guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.