Guitarist cycles to Ilkley

Ilkley Gazette: Guitarist Richard Durrant heading for another gig on his bike, towing his instrument Guitarist Richard Durrant heading for another gig on his bike, towing his instrument

World class virtuoso guitarist Richard Durrant will perform in Ilkley as he undertakes a 1,000 mile ‘Cycling Music’ UK tour by bicycle.

What started as a bid to cut down his carbon footprint, has become a long distance bike ride for Mr Durrant, who will cycle between concert venues with his entire stage show, guitar and lights packed into panniers and a bike trailer.

The show equipment is high tech, lightweight and low energy.

He will play at St Margaret’s Church, Queens Road, Ilkley, on Wednesday.

For his career as a professional musician Richard estimates he travels in excess of 35,000 miles with UK tours, forays into Europe and an annual visit to South America.

He said: “Touring musicians tend to leave a fairly massive carbon footprint – so for me this is payback time. Having been a regular cyclist for years I wanted to see where a tour by bike would take me, both geographically and musically.”

During the planning and the training for the tour, he has been writing and recording a new album. “Riding a bike is totally inspirational and my cycle training has been key to these new compositions,” he said.

He has even built a percussion section from bicycle parts. The musician jokingly describes the album as: “Steve Reich meets Bradley Wiggins”.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£5 under 18s) are available from Grove Music/Grove Bookshop, Ilkley.

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