The Lifeboat gets a good launch

The John Richards Band had a good launch for their new CD The Lifeboat this weekend.

The band, whose material has been used by some of the biggest names in folk, launched it at The Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, on Saturday.

They were well supported by Paul Edwards, Jane Lucas and Terry Bradford opening the evening.

Singer/songwriter John Richards, of Coseley, writing since the 70s, with bands such as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands and others performing his songs, appeared with daughter, Emma, Jim Sutton, of Stourbridge, Chris Drinan, of Walsall, and Robin Tudor of Halesowen.

As well as the title track The Lifeboat, telling of John and his family’s difficulties in dealing with the financial sector following the crash of 2007/2008, there are other new tracks and four previously recorded bonus tracks – all for £5.

A packed Folk Upstairs enjoyed the material. I will review the CD among other artistic ramblings later.

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