Paul Richards is a drummer, playwright, novelist, comedian and drum teacher based in Cambridge. 36, lanky, can’t grow a beard. Likes to talk about himself in the third person.

As a comedy writer/performer he has taken countless (well, 21) shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, tours the UK and Europe frequently in his 19-year-old Volvo and has had some quite nice reviews in the process. He talks very fast, often about his love of Ginsters slices and often tries to justify it all as theatre. His current show recently won an award, which is lovely.

As a drummer, recordings he has drummed all over have been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC 6 Music – all the usual places you’d expect to find a professional groovester. He is constantly on tour with lovely musician chums in award-winning bands and is continually in demand by various artists for a range of versatile projects. He has toured the UK, a lot, and China.

As a writer, Paul has written lots of plays, with his work performed all over the world. He’s had a couple plays published in Canada, and quite a few back here in England. His collection of short stories, The Stationery Seller, has been a bit of a success and his debut novel, My Function Band Hell, was released at the end of 2016.

His debut movie, 50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer, was released in 2015. He is the co-writer of 2 musicals.

This website is partly here to put all of Paul’s work into one place (because at one point he had six different websites and it was a nightmare to maintain), but also so Paul can have his full schedule somewhere online just in case he accidentally deletes his diary off his phone again.

Contact: thepaulrichards AT


Paul Richards is a friendly, flexible drummer/percussionist based in Cambridge, UK. Over the last 17 years Paul has played venues all over the UK (full tours, festivals etc) and has toured China, as well as literally hundreds of gigs in his home city. Alongside the live shows Paul has had the pleasure of recording for a wide range of artists.

Paul drums for, alongside many others, critically acclaimed, multi award-winning band Fred’s House (with whom he has just completed a third album and UK tour), acoustic acts Claudia McKenzie, James Erskine and he is also the house drummer for 110-strong choir, We Are Sound (recent collaborators with Basement Jaxx, Fyfe Dangerfield, Boo Hewerdine and Megson). 

Projects he has featured on has received extensive nationwide airplay including BBC 6music, BBC Radio 5 and Channel 4.

Versatile to any musical situation, Paul has played everything from heavy rock to silky jazz, acoustic duos to epic choirs, small acoustic gigs to full-scale musicals.

Paul can always be found hitting his drums/percussion, and is always open to new projects – if you need a drummer or percussionist get in touch! Remote studio recording now also available so if you need high-quality studio drums on your existing project do drop us a line.


Notable credits

NMG awards winners – 'The Syd Barret Pride of Cambridge', ‘Best Folk/Roots Artist' and 'Audience Choice' with Fred's House
FATEA magazine winner – ‘Best EP/Single’ with Flaming June
iTunes ‘Single Of The Week’ with Ethan Ash

Full tours include: UK (x 3), China.