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Having learnt to play piano, guitar and (somewhat terribly) the clarinet, Richard started out as a teenager in the 80s by forming bands in Derbyshire before joining Sheffield new wave band Different Story playing synthesizers. They gigged all over the north in the mid/late 80s & recorded sessions at Strawberry in Manchester.
     
At drama school Richard started writing music for plays. Afterwards he supplemented acting wages playing piano in bars & restaurants and performing as a singer/songwriter in London, often with old mate James Larkin as Don & Ray at the Walmer Castle in Notting Hill every Friday night (you had to be there!). In 1992, with friend & manager David Freedman, Henry Kissing Her was formed with Jim Batten on drums & Art Gelling on bass. Jim Larkin played additional guitar whenever around. HKH build up a large & loyal following in London, headlining regularly at the Mean Fiddler, Borderline, Half Moon Putney, etc. The band received regular airplay on BBCs GLR and both Radio 1 & 2. Jennie Calvert & Alex Kingston joined to add glamorous backing vocals, along with the equally glamorous Dave Freedman on harmonica. HKH released their first CD A Little Of Who You Fancy on Oh No Records in 1997.
     
In the meantime Richard started writing music for TV, including the theme from BBCs The Morning Show with long time collaborator Mike Westergaard, and the songs for his 7 hour ITV drama Wonderful You (co-written with Chris Niel) which he released on a CD titled The Greatest Misses.

HKH sort of fizzled out, though no-one really knew why, other than it never paid much.

Richard went to Nashville with Dave Freedman in 2003 to record his songs with a number of top US Country & Western artists and play gigs at the world famous Station Inn & Bluebird Cafe!

Richard roped back HKH's Art & Jim on bass & drums to record another cd Pull, released on Cloud Ten Music in 2007 and they played sold out gigs at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush & Embassy Rooms, now Spearmint Rhino (the legs weren't as good but the music was better!) in 2009 Richard composed the orchestral & folk score for the feature film Morris: A Life With Bells On. The soundtrack album was released to international acclaim on Dreamboat Records.

He recorded an album of songs Sunshine Takes You for ukulele, banjo & fiddle with folk supremo John Dipper in 2012, playing folk gigs in the UK with John & Rick Foot on double bass.

Richard has subsequently performed many solo gigs around the UK, and occasionally further afield, including Lofoten in Norway (you had to be there!)

He's currently recording an album of new songs with Mark Lloyd on drums & Lorna Brown on backing vocals, for release in 2015.

As of late 2014, Henry Kissing Her have dusted themselves off and started rehearsing again, threatening to play gigs in the not-too-distant future to celebrate, well, still being alive...