Richard was part of the duo RICHARD & MARY for 46 years
In 2017 Richard was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Global Music Awards in the Performance Art to Music category for his poem "I am a Whale." and a Silver Medal for "What Do We Do if We Don't Have Hope"
In 2016 Richard was awarded a Silver Medal by the Global Music Awards in the Performance Art to Music category for his poem
"The Scent of Freshly Cut Roses" with music by Pat McCaffrey.
Richard also received a personally signed card from President Obama and Michelle Obama thanking him for the poem and for the cd.
(for the story behind the poem go to the video section)
The first thing I did when I got home was to play the CD you gave me and what a terrific experience it was! A combination of enjoyment and sadness - which is what, in my estimation, folk music should elicit.
I really liked each cut, for different reasons. The Aleppo cut because I truly believe we have come to a point in time where all war is totally senseless. And Annie’s Dance because it harkens to a sense of joy and new life. Those two songs alone bookend life!
All 5 cuts are gripping for their own reason. And you, my friend, have not lost the soul in your voice, or your delivery.
Frank Furino - Director, Producer and Author
"Spoken from the Heart - my new Spoken Word to Music CD
I sincerely hope that you enjoy this cd and the words and melodies that come from my heart.
"One of the reasons I am taking the trip into this area, is because of this artist, Richard Byford. What Richard does is so eclectic, so authentic, so very raw - there is no way to describe it. You just have to witness it personally. Please check out Richard Byford - "Rain", we think you're going to love it! Richard travels to the East Coast . Please consider him for one of your events" Kerry Gogan Productions.
"Richard, you are a true entertainer. We laughed at your stories, and sang along when urged to do so (although we couldn't always keep up, we tried!)...thank you for supporting our program, and sharing your music!"
Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse
April 29 at 10:40pm
Looking back on my life, I think it would be fair to say that it has been a life well lived. I have done many things that most people only dream of doing; I have mixed with presidents, royalty, celebrities and the less fortunate in our society who sometimes have no idea where their next meal is coming from or where they will sleep when darkness comes.
The one consistent factor during all my life is that I have shared my thoughts, feelings and experiences with any audience that would take the time to listen to my poems, songs and stories. A sense of humor and the ability to make people laugh has always been a gift and the added ability to sing and write songs has always enabled me to visit many countries around the world and meet the wide diversity of people that make up the frame work of our lives.
Richard's Solo Show
“IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SONG”
Richard performs songs from the 60’s & 70’s including artists such as Paul Simon, John Denver, Tom Paxton and many many more...songwriters that changed our lives. Richard also performs his own original songs and poems
To purchase my cd's please go to the music page on this web site or cdBaby or iTunes