Richard Dawson Vinyl, CD & tapes by Richard Dawson at Norman Records
If he was in an RPG he'd be a bard. Richard Dawson sprouted out of the Newcastle avant-garde scene like a medieval storyteller, his guitar spindlings and hear-ye howls inviting listeners to gather 'round his soap box. He's been an improvising noise-maker for a good while but his solo records did something different, offering tunes that either sounded like traditionals or were, crafted through wrestled plucking or as vocal solo pieces that survived on sheer force of will. The Magic Bridge and The Glass Trunk mark early signs of Dawson's ability to turn this kind of musical language -- one most of us have never engaged with before -- into emotionally effective material, with stanzas like those in "Wooden Bag" flooring anyone who cared to listen.
Touring dimly lit clubs around the UK gave Dawson his cult following, while a little critical acknowledgment also found him on breakout record Nothing Important. These longform songs saw him tell seriously personal stories about his life -- and, indeed, his pre-birth -- using the same musical idioms. If that wasn't poignant enough for you, then surely Peasant was, a record of communal chaos written in the shadow of a certain EU referendum. His most melodic and accessible work -- but still played with a measure of curiosity -- it's proved him one of our most valuable and beloved songwriters.
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