Richard James (musician)
|Born||27 March 1975|
|Genres||Folk, indie folk, psychedelic pop, avant-garde|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, composer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, The Gentle Good, Pen Pastwn, Cate Le Bon, Trwbador|
Richard James (born 27 March 1975) is a guitarist, bassist and singer-songwriter originally from Carmarthen, Wales. He was a founding member of the band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, who split up in 2006. He performs and records as a solo artist, and as part of the bands Pen Pastwn and Locus.
James was with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci throughout the band's lifespan, from 1991 to 2006, and appears on all their albums, initially mostly as a bassist. After John Lawrence left the band, James took Lawrence's place as guitarist. James wrote, and handles lead vocals on, some later Gorky's songs.
His first solo album, The Seven Sleepers Den, appeared in 2006. It featured backing vocals from Cate Le Bon (under her birth name of Cate Timothy).
James has curated the musical sides of both the annual Laugharne Weekend festival and In Chapters, a Cardiff-based event. His band Pen Pastwn evolved from the In Chapters house band. He has also long-collaborated with folk musician The Gentle Good.
James's fourth solo album, All the New Highways, was released in February 2015. It was originally a digital-only release on Bandcamp. In September the album was nominated for the 2014–2015 Welsh Music Prize. The album was released in physical form (vinyl and CD) in March 2016 on The state51 Conspiracy label.
James has also composed music for the screen, including for the S4C drama series Cara Fi (2014) and for Tir, the 2013 film and the 2015 series which followed it. He was nominated for a 2015 BAFTA Cymru award for Original Music for his work on Cara Fi.
Since 2016 James has participated in a collaborative project with his partner, musician and artist Angharad van Rjiswijk, called Locus, which among other work involved improvisational sound collages being performed live. In 2017 James was commissioned by the BBC to write a new orchestral piece for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with van Rjiswijk supplying visuals for the debut performance in November 2017.
James and van Rjiswijk currently live in west Wales.
- The Seven Sleepers Den (2006)
- We Went Riding (21 June 2010)
- Pictures in the Morning (23 April 2012)
- All the New Highways (16 February 2015)
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- Owens, David (30 May 2010). "Former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci man Richard James rides the storm". Walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
- "Richard James – Pictures in the Morning". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
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- "Richard James - All the New Highways". Allthenewhighways.greedbag.com. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
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- "British Academy Cymru Awards Winners in 2015". Bafta.org. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
- on YouTube
- "BBC NOW 2017–2018 / Richard James – BBC National Orchestra of Wales". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "BBC Radio Wales - Radio Wales Arts Show, Classical composers". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2020.