Goulburn local Richard Joyce and his band 'The Rich Pitcher' have entertained us with their memorable performances over the years.
As events continue to get cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, Mr Joyce is using this time to work on an album of original songs that could be released by the end of the year.
"Prior to COVID-19, we were busy with gigs. However, the time that I have now has given me an opportunity to work on original music. So, that has been a silver lining," he said.
"We are known around town for our range of covers. It has been a great way to play music and have fun but I have always had a burning passion to develop my own portfolio of original music.
"I made it my goal to write and produce an album of original music. I have written more than a dozen songs and have band members who are passionate about creating this music with me."
He is the recipient of 2020 Veolia Creative Arts Recognition Scholarship and plans to use it to develop the music career of himself and his band.
"We were lucky to win a scholarship of $1,000 which we plan to use for recording time," he added.
Mr Joyce started his journey as a musician in high school.
"My friends in high school played a lot of instruments. I picked that up and continued to do that through my senior years," he said.
His music teacher from high school, Thady O'Connor, approached him to start a band and The Rich Pitcher has been performing since 2014.
The band's last live performance was in March.
"We are looking forward to playing again, getting some crowds back, and having a good time," he said.
The band members are bass player Thady O'Connor, guitarist Nicholas Crawford, pianist Andrew Picker, and drummer Corey Cannings.
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