The home of Richard Youngs

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“Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician­-mystics, including The Fall’s Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers’ composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you” ­ Stewart Lee, Sunday Times. 

 I have been involved with music for most of my life. I discovered the power of the art form by thumping the family piano as an angry five year old. In the intervening 45 years I have attempted to harness the same experimental, naive, playful power in my live performances and in all of my 140+ releases. This creative openness has led me to explore different musical genres. 

 I have performed floor spots at Hertfordshire folk clubs, and worked with members of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have recorded a modern pop album (‘Belief’), and a score for the BBC SSO (‘Past Fragments of Distant Confrontation’). I was commissioned to write music for the art film ‘The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott’, and my music has appeared in the 2013 feature film ‘Drinking Buddies’. I am the drum machinist of the Flexibles, singer of AMOR.

 “The post­punk autodidact’s post­punk autodidact” ­ Clive Bell, The Wire. 

 I am classically trained in piano and guitar, but musically I grew up in the shadow cast by punk rock. Adopting guerrilla recording techniques, the independent D.I.Y. ethic is at my core. 

 I have collaborated with Scottish bagpiper Donald Lindsay, Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award laureate winner Alastair Galbraith, Portuguese organist David Maranha, American drummer Chris Corsano, and Japanese guitarist Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) among others.

 “Fearless…bonkers” ­ Fielding Hope, Senior Producer, Cafe Oto.