Richard Ray Farrell traces his musical roots to such blues artists as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. This veteran of music history started his journey two weeks after his high school graduation by moving to Paris and honing his chops in the Paris Metro. He slowly moved up from the bowels of Paris and starting performing all over Europe and went on to perform at some of the largest stages in Europe. At points Farrell lived the life of a true gypsy, fronted a Spanish blues band, moved to Germany to front in a blues band all the while opening for artist such as Joe Cocker.
After developing a name for himself Richard formed his first trio-Richard Ray Farrell Band. He was able to tour Italy, France, Holland, and Belgium. Through his new band mates Farrell was able to meet and accompany many of the blues musicians from America that he admired. Soon he drew the attention of German producer Alf List that resulted in his first recorded album-Live In Germany.
Since then Richard has built a catalog of recording that display his masterful guitar skills. Most notably the solo acoustic CD Street Songs, Jazzy Tunes & Down Home Blues released in 1998 on Stormy Monday Records. Richard currently makes Philadelphia his home having moved here in 2001. Farrell has recorded three records since his move to Philadelphia- Bohemian Life, Acoustic Roots and Down Home Old School.
Richard will perform at the Newtown Theatre on Saturday August 24. The evening is billed as Richard Ray Farrell’s Newtown Theater Blues Night w/Mike Kersting, Jimmy Pritchard, Bill Heid, Steve Guyer, Deb Callahan, Carol and Jeannie Brooks, Bobby Michaels and More!
An event not to be missed by anyone who love the blues, guitar and great music. The music starts at 7:00PM Tickets are $25. The Newtown Theatre is located at 120 N. State Street Newtown PA. 18940.
About the Historic Newtown Theatre
The Newtown Theatre has an extensive history dating back to 1831. It is, in fact, the oldest movie theater in the United States with it's first movie being shown in 1906. Originally built to be a hall for town gatherings and a "non sectarian" church for traveling ministers, it soon became a center of entertainment in Newtown. The theatre had Air Conditioning installed in 2002 for the Gala showing of "Signs" that was filmed in part in Newtown. The theatre now has upgraded sound with the installation of Sony SDDS and DTS, and recently updated the older optical sound system to a Red Light Reader to accommodate the newer film formats.