Rick Kemp

Bass Player, Songwriter, Singer, Guitar Player, Music Producer and Visual Artist


An evening with Rick Kemp

Bookings are invited from music venues, folk clubs and friends who would like to host their own ‘house concert’ for a special evening with folk/rock legend Rick Kemp

Friends of Folk is proud to be working with Rick Kemp – find out more and discuss booking “An Evening With Rick Kemp” just contact Jim Minall by email at jim@friendsoffolk.org.uk.

Rick is best known as a member of Steeleye Span and the evening will obviously include some memories of those exciting years. It will take the audience from his early years in a teenage skiffle group in south east London through to playing with King Crimson, Michael Chapman and Whapweasel and much more. Alongside these musical memories Rick will also briefly remember, perhaps reluctantly, his appearance on Top of The Pops as a Womble! Plus escapades of balancing on third floor balcony windows add a slight touch of Buster Keaton to the evening.

Rick Kemp is recognised by fellow musicians as one of the foremost singer/songwriters in the folk world so the evening will obviously include many of Rick’s memorable compositions. Leaving his familiar bass at home, Rick will pick up the acoustic guitar and the audience will be treated to some great solo songs, including Deep In The Darkest Night and Somewhere Along The Road – a song almost lost forever and now the subject of more than twenty cover versions by famous artists.

The evenings to date have had excellent receptions (see reviews below) and anyone who has been to a Steeleye Span concert will know that Rick Kemp has a dry and engaging wit which the audience truly enjoy. The evening should attract a wide audience ranging from the many thousands of Steeleye Span fans and also those who will enjoy an evening that is not just confined to one song after another, but includes memories and reflections of a long and successful life in a wide range of music genres.

“Rick Kemp’s performance married his sensitive lyrics and wonderful melodies with wit and hilarious anecdotes and he went down a storm.”

– Penny Grennan

“Rick Kemp’s evening is a joy.”

– Clive Pownceby – Bothy Folksong Club

“We recently had “An evening with Rick Kemp” and what a truly great evening it was!”

– Ted Muir – Carlisle Folk and Blues Club

“The evening was excellent with Rick playing some new songs. People are still talking about the evening and asking for a repeat performance. We would highly recommend ‘An evening with Rick Kemp’.”

– Dennis and Brenda Kilgallon

“We had a wonderful time with Rick at the house concert for my birthday celebrations. Not only was his music superb – covering several decades of his – his skiffle, folk-rock and more. His engaging and self-effacing stories were fascinating. On top of all that, he spent a lot of time chatting with us and joining in the festivities without making himself the centre of attention. It was truly a memorable evening.”

– Bob Adamson

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