RICHARD DIGANCE

An article from an old Norwich Festival programme:

'If you ever saw Pisces, he was the tall thin one with the frizzed hairdo, the one who contributed the apparently aimless, surrealistic introduction to the songs, the one who sang in a slightly squeezed voice about a frog winning a pop concert. If you haven't recognised him yet, the name is Richard Digance, whose newly released album on Transatlantic is going to be one of the best of 1874 (That's what it said! Ed.), however early in the year it has appeared. For this record, called 'England's Green And Pleasant Land', is a debut album that has more solid achievement and holds out more promise than most.

The experience, in fact, goes back to 1967, when he started as a traditional singer at the East Ham Technical College club, where he did his first gig with Alex Campbell.

Digance's strong suits are in humour and sentiment (which is a long way, please, from sentimentality). His humour is virtually unique in the contemporary folk fields; quirky, surrealistic, unexpected, often eccentric. Touches of it can be found in Jeremy Taylor's lyrics, but there aren't many other parallels.

His successful appearances at UEA first as support to Steeleye Span and then at UEA folk club make him a natural choice for the festival. His new LP 'How The West Was Lost' is certainly one of the best folk albums of the year.

Manager : Jazz Summers

(That would be the same Jazz Summers who went on to manage Wham, Lisa Stansfield, Japan and to marry Yazz.)

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