Q & A With Richard Alcock, founder of Committed to the Blues Brothers Band

Richard Alcock

Q & A With Richard Alcock, founder of Committed to the Blues Brothers Band

Q. Why is performing music important to you?

A. I think it was something I was meant to do. From the age of 7 I started to learn guitar and my parents paid out a lot of money for me to go to music college and learn to read music and classical guitar. To be honest classical wasn’t my thing, and started to dislike playing. To their dismay (and after the money they had spent) I gave it up after 6 years, which in honestly if I could do it all again, there is no way I would have given up!

Being on stage, entertaining, singing and performing is something I enjoy and wish I could do every day of the week. A major regret was not pursuing a career in music from a young age.

 

Q. If you had one wish, what would it be?

I would love for my wife and I to perform in a show with BB King on guitar and Ray Charles on the piano. Thanks to my wife, I have been lucky enough to have seen BB King live in Manchester, playing beside another hero of mine Gary Moore. What a show!

 

Q. Which musician or performer do you look up to the most and why?

There has been many, BB King would have to be at the top, along with Ray Charles, but my youth heroes would include Suggs of Madness….Great music.

 

Q. What’s your day job?

Construction Buyer.

 

Q. If you could do any other job, what would it be?

I would like to write shows for theatres (musicals of course) or write tribute shows performing the life stories of famous musicians past.

Q. And finally, what is your earliest memory of connecting with music?

I remember my mother buying my first personal cassette player at Romford market, it was mustard colour and I pretty much was going through batteries daily, playing the one and only tape I had of early 80s music.

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