Richard Anderson was born and raised in the town of Annan, Dumfries & Galloway. He began playing the guitar in his final year at school and moving to Glasgow at the age of eighteen. Richard played shows as guitarist and songwiter in indie group The Salad Days, a band which contained a young Barry Fratelli. The first experience of singing live came when fronting the band Red Shelley, who comprised members of Martin Stephenson's and The Nimmo Brother's bands. Richard came to the attention of producers at BBC Radio Scotland with his debut solo E.P. 'I'm Not Getting Into Conversation'. It led to a live session on the station's 'Celtic Connections' programme and there was further airplay for the follow-up E.P, 'Just As I Am'.
'Beautiful..sounds just great' Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio Scotland
As well as radio, there was television with a number of appearances on LTV's 'Live At Six' Show - performing solo/acoustically and giving interviews.
'Excellent' Jack McConnell, Scottish First Minister
The early 2000's saw touring as a solo/acoustic performer: playing the Edinburgh Fringe, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Celtic Conections Festival and appearing regularly at the Glasgow Songwriter's Club.
The debut album, 'Songs That Chose Me', was released in 2007 and produced by The Pearlfisher's David Scott. Again this led to radio-play and touring from, his then Cumbrian home, in the North of England. 2009 though saw Richard move south to London, where he now resides. He became politically-active as part of the anti-austerity movement and organised a benefit for Wandsworth Against Cuts, appearing on the bill with Arthur Smith and Attila The Stockbroker. The second album, Up Before Dark, was recorded in Brixton at the studio of guitarist David Randall. The album was launched at The Troubadour where Richard played with backing band The Émigrés.
'Full of easy-going charm, plenty of great tunes' The Crack
* * * * 'Songs are heartfelt with some deft and atmospheric accompaniment' R2Magazine
Richard continues to play in the capital either solo/acoustically or with backing band The Émigrés. The song may not remain the same but the focus remains the song.
Photographer: Ava Emami