Robert Lane is a musician, songwriter, actor, guitar tutor and workshop leader based in the UK. He released Only a Flight Away in April 2018, his third record following his self-titled debut album and his 2016 extended EP Ends and Starts. As an actor he works in theatre and film and is a founding member of short form comedy improvisation group The Improlectuals. Robert has delivered workshops on topics including songwriting and comedy improvisation in various establishments including schools and colleges and provides regular music and drama sessions for Midland Mencap. As a guitar teacher he works with students of all ages and abilities. See more information about Robert’s guitar lessons here.
Fatea Magazine have described Only a Flight Away as “an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018" and the album has been album of the week or featured album on several radio shows including Along The Tracks, Roger William's World of Difference, Gary Hazlehurst's Folk Show, Magpie's Folk Cafe and Liz Franklin's Eden Folk Show. In June 2019 legendary DJ Janice Long played Robert’s track Bill Frost’s Flying Machine on her BBC Show.
Robert has toured extensively in the UK as a support for artists including Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling, Calan, Lotte Mullan, Nell Bryden, Dan Whitehouse and Bob Fox. 2019 tour dates have included Wimborne Folk Festival, HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bridport Folk Festival and concerts around the UK. He has played joint headline shows and tours with Kyshona Armstrong and Iona Lane and his 2018 solo headline tour to support Only a Flight Away included a 5th trip to Germany and first visit to Holland.
Robert was chosen by the LG Arena to perform in the Forum Live area of the arena before concerts by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Ellie Goulding, John Mayer and Fleetwood Mac.
In August 2013 he was selected to attend a song writing retreat/course with Kinks front man Ray Davies.
In late 2018 Robert was asked to add music to lyrics written by David Payne for his musical Reality Bites. David is a producer who works on the BBC's The Archers, as well as a freelance scriptwriter. Extracts from the musical were performed at an event hosted by Cucumber Writers in November 2018.
In 2019 Robert was cast as one of the leads in independent feature film Sam and Dan Get Lost directed by Lee Price of Homebird Productions. The film is a partly improvised comedy drama and also features Robert’s music as the score.
Praise and reviews
“You got me out of bed to listen to this and it was worth it…
I actually got out of bed to make sure I sent this in for the programme because I thought it was so good.” Janice Long, radio legend.
“Robert Lane attended my songwriting course at Dartington in 2013. Robert responded well to composition and exercises given. As the course became more intensive his progress was excellent throughout. I am pleased to recommend Robert to continue his music and develop his writing so that he can reach his full potential.” Ray Davies songwriter and frontman of The Kinks
"a talented songwriter and singer. EP Ends and Starts is full of deceptively simple songs with clever and witty lyrics across a range of styles." R2 Magazine
"Check out the vibrant new song from Robert Lane." Telegraph Music
”I’ve had the very great pleasure of working several times over the years with the fantastically talented and extremely personable Robert Lane. He genuinely reminds me of one of those classic, variety entertainers from back in the day who could showcase a multitude of skills. Hes also a dream to work with and a genuinely lovely guy. Can’t recommend the man highly enough. As an actor he can break your heart and make you laugh with huge emotional range and a natural knack in finding the comedy in his performance. As a singer he makes every note seem effortless, can improvise with ease and his guitar skills are second to none. He recently wrote the score for a musical I’m working on which I think shows his true versatility.” David Payne, Producer BBC Radio
"Lane is a charismatic presence on stage, engaging with the audience and injecting the odd moment of levity into the event. While that levity doesn't always make it into his music (there aren't a lot of laughs in songs such as Break My Heart Blues), his music never fails to draw you in." Adam Jenkins, Fatea Magazine
"A great talent to work with." Neil King, Fatea Magazine and Busk Love Folk Festival
"Robert Lane is making a bit of a splash across social and other media just now, due to an engaging manner and a lively presence." Fatea Magazine
"Here is a catchy tune married to clever words – once upon a time it would have been a hit single. It is a perfect feel-good song." Folking.com
"Rob himself is enviably upbeat with a voice that is crystal clear..." She Dances In The Mind
"Lane has a strong, clear voice...Lane has been influenced by many styles but he also has a definite talent as a songwriter." Folkall
"His confidence, wit and persona reflect a performer born for the stage...he is surely set to thrive in the future on both the local and wider
singer-songwriter circuit." Three Chords and the Truth
“Great songs, incredibly talented guitar player and great vocals as well!" hitting all the right notes
“Thoughtful melodic songs; well crafted; and, I believe, lyrically highly personal.” Phil The Music Quill
"I could just talk to him for ages… We loved having him in…" Louise Brierley BBC WM
"Wish him all the success, great interview, fascinating guy." Brett Berks BBC WM
“(his) songs all have a fantastic melodic core…really intrigued by the melody…it’s particularly sweet.” Alan Clifford BBC Radio Nottingham drivetime
"One of the most catchy and unforgettable choruses I have heard all year, an out-and-out stomper." Music Musings and Such
"How infections is that though? you can not but feel amazing just listening to everything he's put into making this song sound so damn good." Robb Powell, Band of Badgers Podcast
Reviews for Only a Flight Away
“an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018.” Fatea Magazine
"‘Far Too Busy’ has one of the best opening couplets I’ve heard in years...This is a bloody good record." Folking.com
"a marked increase in confidence and prowess" The Mike Davies Column
"his momentum is building and his playing skills are very strong... an interesting release that enhances a growing reputation as Robert Lane continues to hone his signature sound." Lonesome Highway
"Impressive in its scope, ONLY A FLIGHT AWAY is almost a compendium of styles...bluesy Baby Knows could not be more different from Hoping for Anything (But You), yet they're both distinctly Robert Lane through and through." Northern Sky Magazine