On the Record (Rick Welton)

Rick – Drum Genius

Birthplace : Stretford, Manchester at home !

Currently residing : The Happy Valley aka Bollington

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence : started playing guitar aged 8, had classical guitar lessons when I was 11 but didn’t last long as wanted to play rock guitar ! Started writing and recording my own music when I was 14. Played in my first band aged 19 – Halfway to Handsome (the name of the band not me!) which is where I started my musical journey with the legend that is Mark Gandy! Seems like only yesterday! This musical odyssey has continued with my friend for over 30 years and becomes more exciting and rewarding with each passing year(especially as Mark has the best outside bar in Cheshire in addition to his amazing home studio!) Over the years I have moved from lead guitar to bass and eventually to the drums which has become my main instrument in NorthernAdult particularly when playing live. It’s so different from playing guitar but very physical and very rewarding. We basically just love making a load of noise!

I think we’ll both be playing music well into our frail dotage! Long live Rock n Roll!

Who are some of your favourite musicians and bands from the past and present?

Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple & Rainbow)

Dave Gilmour & Roger Waters(Pink Floyd)

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart(Rush)

Jeff Beck

Eddie Van Halen

Billy Gibbons(ZZ Top)

Peter Gabriel


Neil Finn (Crowded House)

Dave Grohl(Foo Fighters)

Is there a particular song that brings a tear to your eye?

Loads but one of my all time favourites is God Only Knows by The Beach Boys!

The First Album you ever bought?

Machine Head by Deep Purple

How would you describe your perfect day?

Music, beer and good company…….or gin, or wine, or…………

What would your friends say they appreciate most about you?

My daftness

What is your most valued material possession?

Which guitar????? Probably would be my Gibson Les Paul Alex Lifeson or my original classical guitar from 1978!

Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Ritchie Blackmore

last great piece of live music you saw

Joe Satriani …… or all the bands we see every year at Dot to Dot festival

If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?


Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Drink and play music

Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?


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