In 2015, singer-songwriter & transglobal troubadour Liam Rickard left the beautiful and ancient land of Snowdonia in North Wales for global metropolis of London to create a multi-lingual, all-styles world-folk-pop band.
In 2016, Worldwide Welshman & Beyond were born out of the jamming scene of North East London. Since then the project has expanded internationally with alternative lineups in Belgium, Germany and North Wales, and collaborators across Europe and beyond.Liam & his siblings come from a musical family. Thier father is a novelty-jazz-folk singer from Lancashire, as was his father before him. Their mother likes to sing in private, and thier maternal grandmother loved to share songs from her Russian-Jewish heritage in the folk clubs of Woolverhampton and London. Worldwide Welshman's great-grandfather was the famous Russian-Jewish Cantor, Yankel Der Hizeriker Gottlieb.In keeping with the global ethos of the project, Worldwide Welshman's first album, “The World Is Like A Crazy Goat,” has been recorded variously in Wales, Italy, Ghent, Algiers, London and Oxford. It features past and present members of the band, and collaborations with musicians he met along the way.
The album contains original songs in English, Spanish & Chinese and alternative versions of two popular Welsh folk songs.Rickard describes his songs as "upbeat, tragi-comic reflections on the absurdities of modern life".