John Richards

There are a number of musicians named John Richards on the web but this John is the one who writes and sings songs influenced by 40 years of involvement in the UK folk and roots scene.

Did you like the Battle Sir? (written with Bev Pegg), Honour & Praise, The Deserter, Shine On, Roaring Water Bay (written with Dave Jones), The Unknown Soldier, The Moth, Foundryman’s Daughter, The Smuggler’s Song (written with Rudyard Kipling ☺), and If you can walk you can Dance have been covered by some of UK Folk music’s finest professional artists as well as a long line of local singers.

Over the years John has quietly become one of the most covered writers on the UK folk scene, as you’ll see from the following pages, and his songs have travelled far and wide.

John’s fronted a number of bands over the years, Springheel Jack, The Ivor Smallpiece Big Band, Maurice and the Minors, Desperate Men, and the John Richards Band in various line ups, which have all played his songs.

However, in 2014, the final line up of the John Richards Band was in full agreement that it was time to call it a day and perhaps enjoy a rest or a change.

John decided it was time to focus on his song writing but agreed that he would do the occasional gig for old friends either on his own or with one or two members of the band and he is enjoying himself greatly!

On this site you can listen to samples from the back catalogue of John’s songs; read about his Black Country roots and where his love of music came from; you can read reviews of his various bands and his and other artist’s versions of his songs; buy CDs and also downloads; and email John to discuss his work and ask any questions that you might like to raise.