It's been a busy couple of years for singer-songwriter, Rob Richings, but he's already back with a line-up of live shows and his second EP.
Steady touring has seen him complete two theatre tours with Hazel O’Connor and Ramin Karimloo, as well as performances with British rockabilly guitarist, Darrel Higham.
“Although our music is totally different, it was great fun," says the Swindon native. “I’ve had an amazing year."
Rob's now getting ready to hit the road again in support of his new EP, Lately I’ve Been Wondering released on September 28 on Crescent Records, with the lead track ‘Be Alright’ now available for download.
“The songs are all very different and I’ve pushed the sound a bit, but they’re all linked by the highs and lows of being a musician,” he says.
“It’s an unbeatable feeling. No matter whether it’s walking out on stage night after night, or the months of silence when you don’t know where the next gig is coming from, playing music is where I feel most comfortable. It’s where I feel like me.”
Lately I’ve Been Wondering was recorded in a new studio set up by Rob with his brother James and engineer/producer Damon Sawyer, close to their Swindon home.
“Setting up the studio has taken the pressure off so we can record without having one eye on the clock," says Rob.“The business is changing all the time so now we can respond almost instantly. The plan is to keep putting out EPs and changing up sounds while staying true to what I believe in – simple, honest songs sung the way I sing them. It’s the only way I know.”
The songs on Rob’s first album, 2016’s Parkas and Boots drew on his childhood in Swindon and rural Ireland where, from the age of 12, he was playing covers in pubs. He’s excited to be returning to open shows for singer-songwriter Tom Baxter.
“I have very fond memories of the free and easy lifestyle we had in the countryside in County Waterford and all the nights sat in the these little rural bars listening to and playing music," says Rob.
“I'm thrilled to be heading back with my guitar – but I’ll be doing my songs this time.”
TOUR DATES (*with Tom Baxter)
29 - Black Box, Belfast *
30 - Grand Social, Dublin *
1 - Roisin Dubh, Galway *
2 - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick *
4 - INEC Killarney Acoustic Club, Poulnamuck *
5 - De Barra’s, Clonakilty *
6 - Triskel Christchurch, Cork *
7 - Spirit Store, Dundalk *
13 - The Ropewalk, Barton *
13 - Live Room, Shipley *
15 - St Mary’s Church, Beverley *
17 - ARC, Stockton *
24 - Swindon Arts Centre