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An evening with Richard Digance - a JonnoPromotions event - with special guest, Anna Goldsmith. Richard Digance is the BAFTA-nominated master of nostalgic comedy and the king of Countdown's Dictionary Corner. An evergreen performer who appeals to all ages, making him still one of Britain's top comedy and music attractions. He is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being one of Britain's top acoustic guitarists. To prove the point he gained a BAFTA Nomination for TV Entertainer Of The Year in the late 1980s and in 2003 received the Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for his services to live music, (which he received alongside Sir Cliff Richard and Midge Ure). Richard regularly appears on Countdown in “Dictionary Corner” for which he probably best known these days. According to the IMDB (International Movie Database) he has over 100 guest appearances on this very long-running quiz show. When presented with the Gold Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters he was described as someone who for half a century has travelled the world with just a guitar and an immense collection of stories gathered through his own experiences. He served a long apprenticeship before becoming a headline act in his own right, probably supporting more acts than anyone else in the World; Steve Martin (in the USA), Robin Williams (at the London Palladium), Steeleye Span, David Essex, Supertramp, Elkie Brooks, Joan Armatrading, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Jim Davidson, Chas ‘n’ Dave, The Allman Brothers and Cher, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Mike Oldfield and The Beach Boys. His TV specials for ITV ran for a record 11 years and on these shows he played guitar with Brian May, Status Quo, The Moody Blues, Buffy St Marie, Marc Cohn who wrote Walking in Memphis, Chris de Burgh, Juan Martin and Elkie Brooks. He has made over 20 albums, written 8 books and 2 film scripts, having started out with Bernard Braden on BBC Radio 2 more years ago than anyone cares to remember. He is currently working on his biggest ever project Your Rhymes, a project that involves over a million words and 3,500 poems, all written by Richard. His book ‘Footynotes’, written with Sky's Chris Kamara, reached the top 10 in WH Smith's best-sellers list in November 2008. Peter Fyfe, a folk journalist, reviewing Richard’s regular shows on BBC Devon comments as follows: “Regaling us with stories of his first meeting in Glasgow with a certain Iain McGeachy and how they both wound up sharing digs together in Richmond, Surrey before Iain found International fame as John Martyn. In fact Digance's story reads like a who's who of the folk world - like the time he performed at Paul Simon's (yes, that Paul Simon!) folk club at the Red Lion in Barking before Simon returned to America to hit the big time. Rick Wakeman, Paul Brady, Eric Clapton and David Bowie who ran the Tree Tuns Folk Club in Beckenham, Kent all got a look-in” In a recent interview Rick Wakeman said of Richard “he’s got a great show!” Review of show Swansea 5/6/08 Richard Digance - probably best known in recent years for his regular appearances in Countdown's Dictionary Corner - has to be one of the warmest, most likeable and quick-witted performers to have trodden the boards: not for him the kind of strong language and taboo topics so beloved of the newer breed of "in-yer-face" comics, nor the confrontational and occasionally aggressive interplay with the audience which is seen at so many comedy gigs. Digance's style is altogether more whimsical and gentle, though it would be a mistake to assume that he is a stranger to controversy: among the delights on offer during this highly engaging evening of comedy, music and song were a deliciously politically incorrect number about Japanese whalers and a few well-aimed barbs at the current political scene - as well as an unofficial history of the 1960s folk group The Seekers, who were later replaced by The New Seekers before their final incarnation (according to Digance's wildly inventive imagination) as The Asylum Seekers. Comedy aside, he also proved to be an immensely accomplished guitarist, tackling numbers as diverse as Duelling Banjos, Angie, Ain't She Sweet and Mississippi John Hurt's Jitterbug Rag - which prompted a standing ovation prior to the interval. On a personal note, it is rare that a reviewer finds himself becoming part of the show but having realised that the Evening Post had sent someone along to see him, Digance delighted in referring to me thoughout the night (at one point he even advised me where to place a comma); in any other circumstances this could have been intimidating, but he is a man of such charm that it was a pleasure to join in with the spirit of the evening. Graham Williams, Swansea Evening Post
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