Richard Dawson Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist 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...read more »
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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Hen Ogledd is, if you remember, the project started by folk maverick Richard Dawson alongside harpist Rhodri Davies. Here, they are joined by Mrs Richard Dawson Sally Pilkington and Dawn Bothwell to make music which, if you believe the Guardian (and often it's a good idea not to) sounds more lik...view item
The new album from Richard Dawson is a notable new epic from the Tyneside master, featuring more guest musicians than ever before. Peasant’s songs are all set in the pre-medieval north-east, with each title naming a figure: ‘Weaver’, ‘Herald’, ‘Beggar’. It’s the most fully...view item
Check this hot combo: experimental harp extraordinaire Rhodri Davies, the magical folk hero Richard Dawson and Dawn Bothwell aka Pentecostal Party. There is even a guest appearance from Laura Cannell hiding in the mix somewhere… Bronze is a highl...view item
'Nothing Important' is the new record from Newcastle's great warped folkie, Richard Dawson. You never know what you're going to get with this maverick -- huge, boisterous vocal chanting or ornate guitar compositions -- but this record sees him stretch out into the long-form, offering a rare few tracks that document vignettes about life in sixtee...view item
Richard Dawson has changed in the many years since I heard a kind of singer-songwriter type album by him. He was probably about 12 at the time but has now grown to become a noted folk musician based out of his (and my) native North East. This is a double album (the packaging is, of course, utterly tre...view item
Richard Dawson is said to be a bit of a legend in his home town of Newcastle, and he certainly seems to be revered by our office Business Lady, so it’s of great interest to me what this mere human has been doing to warrant such adulation. At first glance it doesn’t seem too remark...view item
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