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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s utterly original singer-songwriter Richard Dawson.

So, how was your 2016?
It’s been misty, peculiar-smelling and quietly intense. Also – quite happy.

What was your best moment?
Launching Hen Ogledd’s Bronze album at Tusk festival, being in the second row for Vic and Bob, playing in a cave with incredible Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, continuing my work with Sam Grant, and, as they call it, ‘finding love’ 😊

And your worst moment?
Newcastle only narrowly voting in favour of remain, Sunderland voting ‘leave’, and the rest of it.

Your favourite band of 2016?
I try not to do favourites any more but some things I’ve really enjoyed this year are Matt Carlson, Danny Brown, Sophie, The Black Madonna, whilst Circle, Sun Ra, and Eliane Radigue remain ever-present guiding lights.

Your favourite song of the year? 
Teleported by Okzharp is pretty good, was out on Hyperdub a month or two ago. Oh, I really loved the video for Daydreaming by Radiohead too.

Your favourite film? 
Cemetary Of Splendour by Apitchatpong Weerasethakul was incredibly beautiful and like nothing else I’ve seen. Arrival was awesome.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
The last day of the last ATP was one of the best days of my life, beginning with Boredoms, ending with Sun Ra Arkestra, sandwiching a jaw-dropping set by Rhodri Davies’ Cranc and some fabulous personal occurences in between.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
ahhhhhh…….. we’ll be entering a new zone….. lots to do.

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