Richard was one of the great folk entertainers of the 70s and 80s.
His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
He has supported Steve Martin in the USA, Robin Williams at The London Palladium and is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting.
When presented with the Gold Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters he was described as someone who for half a century has travelled the world with just a guitar and an immense collection of stories gathered through his own experiences.
Richard with his daughters Rosie and Polly
Each Sunday from 5pm - 7pm, Richard shares some of his tales of those travels and plays some great folk songs - not all of them by people you would immediately associate with the genre.
For a folk programme that's a little different from the rest, tune in and give Devon Folk a listen.
What others are saying about Richard Digance's Devon Folk
Folk journalist Peter Fyfe wrote this about Richard's show:
"Well, I must admit it's taken me ages to get around to listening to the radio with any real conviction and to be honest the first time in probably 20 years since I heard any folk music programme all the way through - apart from the occasional Mike Harding Show.
Perhaps it's just that I got a bit jaded with listening to Bellowhead, Martin Simpson and Kate Rusby etc who were always cropping up on his show.
Imagine my surprise then when I found myself tuning into Richard Digance Devon Folk on the BBC’s iPlayer the other day.
I know I don't live in Devon but even with half the show dedicated to a live performance in the studio by a local singer-songwriter it was Digance’s approach to broadcasting with the emphasis on the word 'broad' that kept me listening to all two hours of the show.
Instead of the tried and tested it was the sometimes-tenuous links that made it all fascinating listening.
Anecdotes pepper Richard's life and let's face it he's had a more colourful one than many of us 'folk-o-philes'.
Regaling us with stories of his first meeting in Glasgow with a certain Iain McGeachy and how they both wound up sharing digs together in Richmond, Surrey before Iain found International fame as John Martyn (represented by playing May You Never).
In fact Digance's story reads like a who's who of the folk world - like the time he performed at Paul Simon's (yes, that Paul Simon!) folk club at the Red Lion in Barking before Simon returned to America to hit the big time.
Rick Wakeman, Paul Brady, Eric Clapton and David Bowie who ran the Tree Tuns Folk Club in Beckenham, Kent all got a look-in so I think you'll agree that in the space of a couple of minutes Richard captures the listeners' attention and he manages to hold it with ease…to me, the sign of a brilliant broadcaster.
Do yourselves a favour and check out Devon Folk for yourself.
You won't be disappointed."
Rob in Kingsteignton
You have a wonderful show there.
It's great it's not all folk but folk-related. I especially enjoy the Blues input.
Keep it up!
Your programme gets better every week.
You're making a growing older folkie happy!
Joe 'A Plymothian In Exile'
I listen on Iplayer and it's become a favourite. Well done.
Great programme. Keep up the good work!
I'm a new convert to the show having caught it by chance whist travelling home to Cornwall, but now listen every week on the internet.
Really enjoy the selection and range.