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.

“Until his recent retirement from Steeleye Span (and it took two people to replace him!), Rick Kemp’s contributions were always, for me, among the highlights of their shows (and albums). What a treat therefore, to have a whole evening of Rick. I have had the pleasure twice now, most recently at Maddy Prior’s mini-festival back in the summer. A fine raconteur, Rick gives great value in anecdotes from his long life in music, revealing and hilarious in equal measure, interspersed with his songs – some old, some new and all beautifully crafted. If he is appearing near you, do get yourself along.

He has a new album too. Perfect Blue contains many of the songs you will hear during his “An Evening with” shows. As well as a strong batch of new songs it includes reworked versions of his most famous compositions, ‘Somewhere Along the Road’ and ‘Deep In The Darkest Night’.”

– Chris Nelson – Musician

“Rick Kemp has a long list of songs he has composed some specifically for Steeleye like the recent Cromwell’s Skull and others which have been picked up by other people. His most famous songs are Deep In The Darkest Night (the original version of which was produced by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics and included Annie Lennox singing and playing flute) and Somewhere Along The Road covered by Cathie Ryan, Emily Smith and a host of others.”

– Fellside Records on the release of ‘Perfect Blue’

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

– Penny Grennan – Promote

“We recently had “An evening with Rick Kemp” and what a truly great evening it was! We had a full house, who were treated to a superb entertainment from a man who really has been there and done that, with many original songs put across with humour and humility and accompanied by some tasty guitar backing, Rick has that “something” that has the audience hanging onto his every word and two hours were gone in a flash and without a doubt everyone went home very happy. If you can catch Rick on his tour go to see him, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.”

– Ted Muir – Carlisle Folk and Blues Club

“Rick Kemp’s evening is a joy. A fund of early days stories and humorous anecdotes coupled with some fine playing makes for a glorious night of sparkling wit that gains traction from someone who’s been round the block a few times. Rick is a conduit for nostalgia rooted in experience – it simply flows from the man. Don’t forget he’s penned some classic songs too – ‘Somewhere Along The Road’ and ‘Deep In The Darkest Night’ being just two. Highly recommended.”

– Clive Pownceby – Bothy Folksong Club, Southport

“Rick Kemp’s own contribution to British music is invaluable, it is a striking sense of the story continuing, flourishing, as the former Steeleye Span member refuses to give in to anything apart from the beauty of the song envisaged.”

– Ian D. Hall – Liverpool Sound and Vision – reviewing ‘Perfect Blue’ Rick Kemp’s new album the music from which features in the evening.

“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 – Gig promoter

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