He hails from the Scottish town of Perth. He drummed on early Snow Patrol sessions and is one of the founding members of The Reindeer Section. Prior to that, Colburn had a stint working in Virgin Records in Union Street in Glasgow. When playing drums for Belle and Sebastian, he always superstitiously wears an old Perthshire Advertiser t-shirt which he has owned for years, much to the amusement of the other band members.
^Sweeney, Eamon (17 January 2002). "Belle fest". Hot Press. Retrieved 4 December 2009.Appears as: "After bonding in an all-night café in Glasgow in January 1996, Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David teamed up with drummer and percussionist Richard Colburn – a fellow student of the Stow College Music Business course from Perth who used to sell pies on match days at Celtic Park."