A well-respected 'national treasure' of a musician will be one of the head-liners for this year's Leek Arts Festival.
Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories, but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris de Burgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen.... however, Richard Digance has.
And Richard is one of the headline acts Leek Arts Festival fans can look forward to seeing when this year's programme of more than 40 events gets under way at the start of May.
Described as 'a national treasure' by Whispering Bob Harris, Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist.
His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a television entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
Richard is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting and is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist.
Richard brings his two-and-a-half hour one-man show to Leek Arts Festival on May 6 when he will be on stage at he town's Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Arts Festival spokesman Phil Edmeades said: "Richard is one of those performers who can reach out and take an audience in the palm of his hand.
"I have seen him entertain a music festival crowd of 20,000 people and a folk club audience of just a few dozen.
"On both occasions the effect was the same – everyone was spellbound by his hilarious, sentimental and irreverent take on life."
Tickets for Richard Digance on May 6 are now available online – price £12 – from www.leekartsfestival.org, from Leek Tourist Information Centre and from The Foxlowe as are tickets for many other festival events including Mark Radcliffe and The Foes, Burbage BrassBand, The Roving Crows, Gavin Sutherland and The Vice Bishops, and the Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.
Full details of all Leek Arts Festival 2014 events are on the website and thousands of copies of the printed programme will be distributed throughout Leek and the surrounding area in the next couple of weeks.