Singing sheep farmer releases new album

Tony Richards
Tony Richards

Glaisdale country singer and songwriter Tony Richards has released a new album featuring self-penned songs inspired by his love of Yorkshire.

Tony has been making singing country music ballads for more than 50 years and has had success across the United Kingdom and the USA.

Over the past nine years Tony has helped raise money for farming charity RABI with a group called the Singing Farmers and has helped raise more than £80,000 to date.

His latest recording is a collection of his own compositions called Always A Welcome and tracks include Springtime in the Valley, Beautiful High Moors and Going Home - all examples of how the surrounding countryside near his home has influenced him.

He said: “The story of one of the tracks, Mother’s Tears, is a sequel to The Old Cottage Home, one of my most popular numbers. I hope the warmth and sincerity of my songs will evoke personal memories and give pleasure to many.”

Recently, Tony was presented with an award for Creative Effort at Scarborough Borough Council’s Local Heroes Awards 2013.

l The Whitby Gazette has three copies of Always A Welcome to give away. To be in with a chance of winning email your details to by 7 June.

Always A Welcome can be bought on Tony’s website at