Richard McNamara

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Richard McNamara
Richard McNamara, guitarist of Embrace.jpg
Background information
Born (1972-10-23) 23 October 1972 (age 44)
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England
Genres Rock, Britpop
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Lead guitar

Richard McNamara (born 23 October 1972 in Todmorden, West Yorkshire[1]) is the guitarist for the English band Embrace. He and his older brother, Danny grew up in the village of Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse near Halifax. Danny is the band's singer.

Richard and Danny McNamara attended Hipperholme Grammar School in nearby Hipperholme with their brother Jonathan.[2][3]

According to Danny, as a child Richard was nicknamed 'Firestarter' as he was fascinated with fire and was always playing with a box of matches.[4]

McNamara was initially the drummer for a thrash metal garage band called Gross Misconduct in his late teens. It is believed that Embrace began when his brother barged into a session and started telling him and his bandmates what to do.[5]

Although McNamara has worked with his brother in writing many of the band's songs, he only single-handedly sings a few songs. Most notably "One Big Family" and "Hooligan" which were both issued as singles.


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "I almost died: Lead singer of Brighouse band Embrace Danny McNamara on his mental health struggle - Huddersfield Examiner". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fans embrace their heroes - Halifax Courier". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Danny and Richard McNamara | The Sunday Times". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Larkin, C. (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2006. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • "WebCite query result". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2015.