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Richard Dawson


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Based out of the industrial Tyneside region of Northern England, esoteric singer/songwriter Richard Dawson's shambolic, guitar-driven folk music has drawn comparisons to other singular artists like Jandek, Mike Waterson, John Martyn, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Adem, Skip Spence, and King Creosote.
Specializing in a heady blend of traditional English folk music, Sacred Harp-kissed North Country blues, and jazzy psych-folk, Dawson issued his first recording, Richard Dawson Sings Songs and Plays Guitar, in 2007 before bursting out of the Newcastle experimental scene in 2012 with the critically acclaimed The Magic Bridge. Released in 2013, The Glass Trunk found Dawson offering up a largely a cappella set of six songs inspired by a month spent sifting through the tattered documents of his local Tyne and Wear history museum, and 2014's Nothing Important was his first outing for Weird World Records. Dawson released his second album for Weird World in 2017; Peasant was inspired by tales of life in the Middle Ages, and based on his research on the history of North East England. Dawson's music took a more contemporary approach on 2019's 2020, which was dominated by rock-influenced arrangements and songs that focused on people's struggles to understand life in an increasingly unpredictable world. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi


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