Randall was born in Southern California in 1946, raised in the City of Orange, and attended Chapman College (now Chapman University) as a music and mathematics major. After serving in the US Army, he began working as a professional calligrapher and graphic designer for various firms.
Randall has studied the art of calligraphy since his early teens, and began to create
annual works as gifts for the Bahá’í world at Ayyám-
About Randall’s Music
In addition to his calligraphy, Randall sang the ballads of the British Isles, as
well as standards and show tunes, at four-
Randall was a fixture at Scottish Games, Renaissance Faires and other festivals from the 1960’s, accompanied on either guitar or lute. He was the United Kingdom troubadour at EPCOT Centre, for several years in the 1980s. His wonderful wife Linda had performed folk music since her teens, and started singing with him soon after their marriage in 1997. Retiring from public performance after an auto accident in 2004, Randall still performs at various festivals and other venues as requested, and Linda adds her lovely voice to many of his songs.
In addition to Randall’s solo albums, Elements and Palimpsest, he and Linda have released three other CDs together: Dunoon, Garden of God, and Amaryllis.
In addition to their repertoire of traditional songs, the Dightons have contributed to the canon of Celtic music with their own compositions. Taking real incidents from clan histories, they have been praised by Clan Lamont for Dunoon, Clan Anderson for Little John Anderson, and Chief Dugald MacTavish for The Justice of MacTavish. Many humorous ditties have also flowed from this talented duo, including Angus MacDonald, In My Kilt, and American Beer. Currently they are collaborating on inspirational and devotional music for their beloved Bahá’í Faith. They amoved in January 2015 to Paradise, California.