My name is Richard, but my folks wanted to call me Noel (being born just after Christmas). My brother, however, insisted that my name was Richard, so that was that! I chose to make my artist name Richard Noel to celebrate both names.
It’s funny you know, because I often feel like two different people. Richard is the person I am, and Noel the person I always wanted to be. But one thing for sure, Noel is taking over fast!
(Blue shorts photo taken at the folk’s house, Bishton, Wales in 2003)