Independent label: Richard Digance celebrated his 50th birthday on February 24, 1999, by announcing his retirement, The son of a doctor's receptionist and a cab driver, Digance was born in the east London village of Plaistow. Although he planned to study mechanical engineering, he was drawn more to the folk music that he heard at the campus folk club. Digance transferred to East Ham Technical College in London. Practicing the guitar five hours a day, he supported himself with an assortment of jobs, including driving an animal ambulance. After several solo appearances at the Ilford Folk Club. Distributed By.