Richard Anderson was born and raised in the town of Annan in Dumfries & Galloway. He began playing the guitar in his final year at school and moved to Glasgow the following year. Richard played shows as guitarist and songwiter in the band The Salad Days, which contained a young Barry Fratelli. The first experience of singing live came when fronting his own band band, Red Shelley, in the late 1990’s and in 2001 he released a solo EP, ‘I’m Not Getting Into Conversation’, which came to the attention of producers at BBC Radio Scotland. This led to a live session on the station's 'Celtic Connections' programme in addition to a number of performances and interviews on LTV’s ‘Live At Six’ Show.
The early 2000's saw touring as a solo/acoustic performer: playing the Edinburgh Fringe, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Celtic Connections Festival and appearing regularly at the Glasgow Songwriter's Club. A second EP ‘Just As I Am’ was released in 2003 which again resulted in considerable airplay. Produced by The Pearlfisher’s David Scott, it would be he who was also at the controls for the debut album ‘Songs That Chose Me’ in 2007.
By this time Richard had crossed the border and was living in Cumbria, driving to all parts of the country, with acoustic guitars in tow. He would open for Boo Hewerdine, Kieran Halpin, Michael Chapman, Kirsty McGhee to name but a few. Feeling he needed to be based in London, Richard moved to the big smoke in 2009 and this is 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