Singer-Songwriter/ Guitarist. Genres: Folk/Roots music, Country, Rock, Blues, Newfoundland/Irish Traditional
Richard Neville grew up in the coastal Labrador community of Black Tickle.
Richard writes and performs songs inspired mostly by the people, culture and history of Labrador. He is also an accomplished guitarist who has accompanied Labrador’s Harry Martin since 1997 and has also joined him on his award winning recordings. Richard can also be found as a session guitarist on many other CD’s as well as a backing vocalist. Richard has been one of the most active sought after musicians in Labrador for 20 plus years now; his live shows has been a draw for many a venue during this time.
Richard has also performed live from one side of Canada to the other, and abroad as far away as South America, England and Antarctica. For over 4 years, he was a part of the Halifax folk music scene. He has performed as a solo act and also played in several bands touring extensively throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Richard has performed on TV and radio many times over the years and has been a featured act at such festivals such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Richard also taught guitar in school for 3 years on the south coast of Labrador. He released his first album of original songs in August of 2011-entitled “Old Souls”. In 2017, he was awarded the Labradorians of Distinction award for his work in music over the last 30 years. In 2019, along with 2 other local Musicians, Richard was hired as a musical mentor for 3 months, mentoring students from the Goose Bay area in musical performance. Also for over a period of 5 years Richard sat on the Board of Directors as one of the only two musical representatives for the NL Provincial Arts Funding Agency, ARTSNL. Richard has also been a board member for the NL Folk Arts Society representing Labrador. Richard often donates his time through his music every year to many people and organizations in need of a helping hand. He has been a fond supporter of the local SPCA for many years.
Richard is currently working on a new recording, of once again, all original works, hoping to have it released in-2021. Richard resides in Happy Valley-Goose Bay with his wife and two children.