The People at Woodpecker Acoustics
Woodpecker Acoustics is run by Richard Cluley, whose experience is rich and varied including working with:
and at events and locations including:
- Albert Hall
- Llangollen International Eisteddfod
- Keep Music Live Festival, Railway Hotel, Nantwich
- Welsh National Eisteddfod
- York Mystery Play
- various musicals performed in Hanley and Burslem
Richard first became acquainted with the performing arts while playing the French Horn (with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, touring to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Brussels, etc. and playing as Principal Horn on their first vinyl album).
Later he played the acoustic guitar (folk and classical) as well as playing the B♭ Bombardon and Bass guitar in Cornfield Perambulation - a North Staffordshire Ceildh band.
Shortly after this Richard started doing live recording and sound reinforcement for others and set up Live Sounds, eventually leaving his original career as a teacher to pursue Sound Engineering full time. In addition to handling the sound at numerous events as the main enginer with Live Sounds,
he was also retained by other organisations (including MAYC, Iona Community, Wigwam Acoustics
) to handle sound or recording for them.
More recently Richard has built up this current venture, Woodpecker Acoustics, to cater for the needs of a variety of organisations like amateur operatic groups and choirs in addition to the more obvious gig requirements of bands.
He is particularly keen on assisting young and new bands and groups in their bid to get started