Richard Provan 11


  Jan 2017

Artist Bio

Influences:   Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits Steve Earle, David Bowie, Counting Crows, Fred Eaglesmith

Back for my second FAWM, because last year was so much fun and inspiring. I play guitar, mandolin, mouth harp and plink away on the keyboard.

I'd be happy to contribute mouth harp to one of your songs. Let me know.

For the past year I've been playing with a couple of amateur bands - Adios Bandidos and the Semi-Automatics. We've got on stage a few times and even had a paying gig (No I can't quit my day job, my wife says).

I love the story telling aspect of songwriting, and look forward to stretching out from my default folk and blues.

On the road for the first half of FAWM. My mobile rig is a Yamaha kids acoustic, a bag of mouthharps and a Korg Nanokey 2 controller. Recording through Apogee One’s condenser mic into Auria Pro on my iPad. I like it!

P.S. I’m happy to receive constructive criticism on my songs.


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  • @jenjen Apr 4

    Hey thanks for the listen and the nice feedback! I’ve been working on a couple and going to try them out at an open mic on Thursday!

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 23

    Thanks for commenting @quork, and apologies for the late reply. March suddenly exploded on me and I've just had no time to continue FAWMing, but I really do appreciate those who have.

  • @marchllywd1 Mar 21

    Hi Quork. Sorry about that. You should be able to access the songs without logging in with these links:

    Just paste these into your address bar. They should work. If not,let me know. Thanks for listening. - Marc

  • @sapient  Mar 20

    Love your comment on Rise Of the Masked Machines, and wondering what sort of vocal style would make a song about murderous AI-controlled robots wiping humanity off the face of rhe earth more "palatable"? 😃
    I almost consider that a challenge for FAWM next year!

  • @rustyp  Mar 20

    Hey Richard, Thanks so much for your comment on my song "One Step." I'm kindof hard on myself. 😀 It's good to get outside perspective. 😀

  • @ampersandman  Mar 19

    Thanks so much for your comments. Really appreciate you taking your time to listen.

  • @mauramer Mar 19

    Thank you so much for listening to my songs and collabs and leaving such thoughtful and detailed comments, I so appreciate it! 😀

  • @fonte  Mar 18

    Ahhh very kind words indeed on 'all that glitters' thanks! I know what you mean about the steely Dan solos, I saw a doc once about the making of Aja I think it was, those guys were seriously good...

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 18

    Glad you liked my silly, overproduced "Have You Lost Your Boyfriend Yet?" song. Thanks for listening.

  • @dutch1967 Mar 17

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on Country Singing Man. To a degree all my songs are autobiographical. I should write one on how I like to make this bigger that they are. 😉
    This one is mostly un-exaggerated though.

  • @katey Mar 17

    Thanks for your feedback on my lyrics.

  • @owl  Mar 16

    That is such a fantastic story about your friends! Thank you.

  • @siebass  Mar 16

    I was hoping it was a band saw pun, but didn't want to assume, since the subject matter was not closely related in terms of the story.

  • @treble  Mar 16

    Thanks so much for your encouragement about recording. From the way you've described it, it will be worth it once I figure it out!

  • @wacha  Mar 16

    Thank you for your comments on "Things Pile Up", I had a lot of fun working on that one. I love working with @kahlo2013 's lyrics, they area lot of fun to put to music and for some reason both songs I worked with her on are significantly different than when I normally do.

    I had come up with the riff on my ukulele but my ukulele sounds terrible and there is no way I can record with it so I ended up with sort of a 90s riot grrl thing which I ended up liking more than how it sounded on the ukulele.

  • @kevinemmrich  Mar 16

    I'd appreciate a harp track on Secret of My Susccess! I'll update the demo when you get to doing it.

  • @letyourhairdown Mar 16

    Thank you! Two more than we had... 😀

  • @captainillegible  Mar 16

    Thanks for your kind words, they're much appreciated.

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 14

    Thanks! I will check it out!

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 14

    Thanks! I will check it our!

  • @musicbyzac Mar 12

    Hey @quork thanks for your comment on "My Old Man" the other day, sorry I'm slow to respond. I'm hoping to do a cleaner demo to this one at some point and maybe do some tweaking as I think it has some potential as a tribute song.

  • @rainchaser  Mar 12

    Thank you for your comments and compliments on our song. Really appreciated the listen! At the end of the verse sections, the main progression ii-V-I-VI7 changes to ii-V-iv-I. I wasn't so sure if the latter progression was going to work for the ending the verse sections. Because from an historical standpoint, the iv was usually followed after the ii, vi, IV, or even the I, for that progression to work. But I thought the V-iv change didn't sound too bad, so I went with it. And glad I did! For my lead guitar part I thought deciding to end the verse sections on chords would fit with the ending nicely. As for the melody, in that part I thought that was also risky using the Ab because I would've imagined it would've caused too much dissonance because there's dissonance and tension already from the iv. But I'm glad that worked out well too!

    I'm glad you liked the melody, and funny enough I didn't did too much to them! I based the melody off the chords themselves. except for the ending, I used a couple of non-chord tones for that one, and that idea came to me easily! I never heard of the Blue Aeroplanes before. I may have to give them listen one day. 😀

    Actually you've inspired me to re-work the demo again! However, since this is a collab, I would need permission from my partner to do it. Because I'm planing on hacking the lyrics yet again for the recording to go right this time. I figured they're still too long and I was planning later on to have them shorter anyways of course with the consent from my partner. If I record the lyrics the way they are this time, I will still have syncing issues that was prominent in the demo. Also, this week I have a tight working schedule, so I don't know if I will be able to record it this week. And next week, I may go to Guitar Center trying to buy another guitar, and I don't know how long the search is going to be.

  • @zecoop  Mar 12

    Appreciated your nice comment about Industry... The collaboration is looking less likely, but I like how it stands on its own too. Thanks for listening! 😀

  • @treble  Mar 12

    Thanks so much for your kind comments about my song, Like Trying to Climb Mt. Everest and for your encouragement to return next year with music for the lyrics. I'm learning how to record right now and that is my goal. Thanks again!

  • @berni1954  Mar 11

    Thanks for giving my "Old man and his dog" a listen.
    Yes I use DAdd tuning on the Merlin. Though, like many Merlin users, I have changed the A string from a plain steel to a wound string - which has ironed out the tuning issues many on the Merlin Forum had reported. I also think it gives the instrument more depth.

    I wish you many years of joy with your puppies and the dogs they will grow into.

  • @zoom  Mar 10

    Happy you mentioned my song 'corner' 😇 Thanx so much.

  • @mattfoole Mar 10

    Yes, I use a casio synth for all my sounds and it says it uses sampled instruments. Thanks for listening!

  • @tseaver  Mar 9

    Thanks for the comment on "All Modern Cons." I agree that it probably needs another verse to flesh the story out.

  • @markg  Mar 9

    thanks for listening to my song and your comments. I caught your song Things They Don't Tell You in the Bible. Are all the words directly from Thomas? Looking forward to catching up with your other offerings as time allows. Good to find another Fred Eaglesmith fan!

  • @hornesgiftshop  Mar 8

    Thanks very much Quork, that might be the best thing anyone's said about one of my songs (Munich 1945). Much appreciated.

  • @tracyinoz Mar 8

    Thank you for your comments on I'm Floating. ...and I love Kate Bush 😀
    You are great, thanks again!

  • @mkd  Mar 8

    Recording your own click-track is just as impressive in my book! Definitely not my forte!

  • @mkd  Mar 8

    Oh wow, thanks for your comment on the Dobbing in Blues! Love that all your family are listening too, and that they like it, that’s a huge accolade!

  • @fonte  Mar 8

    Wow that's a great sound you got with a limited set up! It sounds very 'live' and I think that's also down to the performance. Great stuff!

  • @sph  Mar 7

    Thanks for directing me to

  • @rwc Mar 6

    Thanks for listening to "The Rain Won't Last All Day" and for your encouraging comments.

  • @sci Mar 6

    "And whatever you’re doing with mcrotonals, to my ear they work (ie don’t sound dissonant)." I love hearing this, because that particular song went all-out with the weird tunings! thanks!

  • @wacha  Mar 5

    Thank you for your kind words on "Quilted Heart".

  • @mmmmarcus  Mar 5

    Thank you so much for the comment on "Killer"! Glad you liked the collab version!

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 4

    Thank you for all your listens and wonderful comments today Richard!

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 4

    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @owl  Mar 3

    thanks for commenting on "Dunedin"! The drums are fake, courtesy of MT PowerDrumkit

  • @persaab Mar 1

    Thank you for the comment about Daleks!!!

  • @oldlostjohn  Mar 1

    Yes, I've heard of The Waifs but I can't say I've listened to them much. Not enough I guess. Thanks for the link, I hadn't heard that one, and I sure liked that intro.

  • @berni1954  Mar 1

    Thanks for giving my "Spanish Inquisition" folk-rap a listen. I really appreciate your fulsome praise. Blushing smiley needed.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 28

    Hey, thanks for the nice comment! I have to get to listening again now that writing is done for me.

  • @sbs2018 Feb 28

    Thanks for your comment on “3 Drinks Later” - a bit of fun capturing the essence of the old days. 😀

  • @tseaver  Feb 27

    Thank you four commenting on "Finally Fine." I definitely think if it as a dancehall song.

  • @mleverette  Feb 26

    Thanks for your comment on New Attack. Glad you liked it. 😀

  • @matthew62  Feb 26

    Thanks for you comments regarding She Danced In My Mind.

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 25

    Thanks for commenting on "Death..." Yes, it's one guitar, and it's recorded simultaneously with the voice, which perhaps explains why the "spray their hatred" line sounds forced. It would need to be sung with "don't" on the upbeat and the first-beat-emphasis on "let" to flow smoothly, but I wasn't rehearsed enough. "Piss" would of course solve it too, but I was actually thinking graffiti-type spraying with colour cans. Also, I think the song may well benefit from being slowed down a bit.

  • @matthew62  Feb 24

    Thanks for your kind comments on "They Say." Truly appreciated.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 23

    Thank you very much for the comment on "Svårt Att Nå Dig"! Glad you liked the track! Maybe I should for real sing some more in Swedish 😀

  • @misterd Feb 22

    Thanks for listening & your kind & generous words on my tune- 11 kinds of blue .

  • @phoenixash Feb 22

    Thanks for your comment on my track. There's a saying I heard that cats were gods, and they have not forgotten. Having had some I can honestly say they do consider themselves gods, but they are benevolent ones kkk

  • @misterd Feb 22

    Thankyou so ever so much for listening and your very kind comments on my songs 'Living silence' and '11 kinds of blue '.

  • @dani312 Feb 22

    THanks for your comment and on Once Again! 😀 Oh, how I wish I had a front porch...

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 20

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @tan482  Feb 20

    Thanks for listening to our conversation, glad you liked it!

  • @gemhughs Feb 19

    Thanks for the listen & the kind comments on "Me Too".

  • @tseaver  Feb 17

    Thanks for your comment on my song, "Invisible Means of Support." I just put up the demo.

  • @tan482  Feb 17

    Thanks for listening to my tune and for your kind words! 😀

  • @billwhite51 Feb 16

    thank you for your comment on pornography of democract. im glad that you felt the humor didnnt detract from, or cheapen, the sad reality of the situation

  • @eli666 Feb 16

    Thanks for your comment. There were no synths in this song, but I am happy that you like it.

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 14

    Well if you think D minor, it's really only the Eb I'd have to watch out for with the Bb harp. And that is one hell of a spooky note, so if I didn't use it this time I'll make sure to try it in another song!

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 14

    Thanks for your comments on both my songs. I tried a Bb and a G harmonica for Cold Winter Blues and I'm actually not quite sure which one I ended up using on the recording - maybe both! The guitar is in a modal D tuning (DGDGAD) so that would make the G second position cross harp, which after all is quite logical for a blues (if indeed it is a blues). The song seems to have a strong minor flavour though, as I pick the minor 3rd quite frequently, so I'd still have to be careful. I'm more used to straight folk harp than blues harp to be honest, and in that case I would normally use an F harp for D minor.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 14

    Thanks, I appreciate your comment on "I'll Never Morph This Way Again". The guitar was actually yoinked from the previous song in the morph chain, but I loved it, so I kept it. If you get a chance to check out the other tracks in the chain, you might get a good giggle at how it transformed from the seed song.

  • @splittybooms  Feb 14

    thank you! was just having some fun after finding those vocals.

  • @spinhead  Feb 13

    Helpful comment on "Yesterday's Moon." It started out a coming home song, all hopeful and happy, as if I was really gonna write THAT.

    My wife is patient even when I'm confusing.

  • @julesbf Feb 2018

    THanks for your comment on city of two tales, still finding my way with the whole singing thing so I appreciate your ideas, will give it a go.

  • @tseaver  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comment on "Don't you Wanna." I've just uploaded the demo.

  • @tan482  Feb 2018

    Thanks for listening and your lovely comment 😊

  • @lowhum  Jan 2018

    Hi! Happy plinking! We also had a paying gig at a festival last summer - my wife stands on a very similar ground, but here I can busk during lunch break when weather allows:))

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 2018

    Thanks so much for your words on "If I Missed Your Funeral."

  • @gemhughs Jan 2018

    I'm listening to "Reach Up Reach out" as I write this, and if this song is any indication I imagine you will have another successful FAWM.

  • @tseaver  Jan 2018

    Dig those influences: TVZ is one of my all-time favorites. I'm looking forward to hearing your tunes!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Your welcome, and thank you. Hope the book/website list is helpful to you! Best wishes to you on a successful FAWM 2018!