Richard Harrow is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, audio engineer, filmmaker, and producer with well over 40 years of professional experience. He recently produced and directed a feature length documentary on the legendary Canadian songwriter Dick Damron. He also edits video, authors DVDs, and composes music for various national and international clients. In the early 1970's, after playing drums in bands through junior high and high school in Red Deer Alberta, Richard attended the University of Calgary, where he studied drama and music. During that time he began playing guitar, and soon found work as a songwriter and musician. In 1974 he composed and starred in the musical "Potts". This led to a job at Sound-West Studios in Calgary as an audio engineer, where he worked in many projects including Robert Altman’s film “Buffalo Bill and the Indians”. After engineering the K-Tel remake of the hits “One Tin Soldier” and “Mr. Monday” for folk act The Original Caste, Richard joined the group and performed with them for several years. An early home recording enthusiast, Harrow opened his own recording studio in 1976. Dubbed “The Living Room”, the studio operated out of his home in Calgary throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. During that time Richard worked on recordings for hundreds of artists, including Gordon Lightfoot and Ry Cooder. He also engineered four albums for cowboy singer Ian Tyson. To date, Harrow has earned 2 Juno awards, one with folk-rockers Bourne and MacLeod, and one with children’s entertainer Peter Puffin, as well as 1 Platinum record and 2 Gold records. He also handled sound for the Calgary Folk Club for over 18 years.
Richard’s career moved from recording to mastering in the early 1990's. Over the next 16 years he operated audiomastering.com, a world class mastering facility and a division of Canada Disc Inc. In the summer of 2010 Richard moved on to form HB Media Services. His son Jamey, who now handles the audio mastering duties, started his own division -Thunderous Mastering, in 2012. Richard and his wife Lynn have been married since 1980, and are the proud parents of two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters. With a “just say no” attitude to retirement, he continues to enthusiastically create, record, and perform.
Richard currently co-hosts SoundWaves Folk Club, and teaches several audio and media courses at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.