University musician makes final of talent contest

Friday 31 July 2009

A young guitarist and songwriter from the University of St Andrews will compete in the grand final of local talent contest Fife’s Got Talent tomorrow (Saturday 31 July 2009).

Rich Gordon, who works and studies at the University, will play his own material at the event organised by the Byre Theatre.  Rich is one of twelve finalists taking part in the open air event to be held in Market Street, St Andrews.

Rich (24) who plays and writes his own material, works as a Database and Website Administrator for the University’s Development department and is studying for a part time degree in Scottish History.

He was encouraged to enter the competition by colleagues, and was pleasantly surprised to beat off the competition in the first heat held in the Byre Theatre last month.

He said, “I don’t really think I have a chance in winning, but the whole thing has already opened up opportunities.  We’ve been asked to play at the end of the event, and are hoping to secure some dates at the Byre itself.”

Rich started writing his own songs aged 18 and is heavily influenced by the instrumental guitarist Joe Satriani.  A self-taught guitarist, saxophonist and piano player, he has already produced three albums and is currently working on his fourth.

As well as writing and playing his own material – which is available to buy online – Rich has built his own recording studio at home in St Monans, and is already working with artists in the local area.

For further information or to listen to Rich’s music, visit:

Fife’s Got Talent takes place in Market Street on Saturday 1 August from 2.30pm.



Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
Contact Gayle Cook, Senior Press Officer on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email [email protected]

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