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2017 has been a rather interesting year. We’ve been lucky enough to fill our pages with some incredible creative talent, so we asked a few of them to share some thoughts on the year just gone. We caught up with inventive musician Richard Dawson to find out about his year just gone.

What was your best moment?
Visiting America and Cuba with my partner, moving in together, sharing Peasant.

And your worst moment?
My tinnitus got louder this year…. and has provided quite a few ‘worst moments’.

Your favourite band of the year?
No more favourite favourites. I cant think that way any more. I played with Still House Plants a few times, they were great. And Afework Negussie. I listened to a lot of Circle and Sun Ra.

Your favourite song of the year?
I heard a pop song that goes something like ‘I don’t want to hear sad songs any more, I only want to hear love songs’. That’s pretty good. It’s not my favourite – but it’s pretty good. Sophie’s Its Okay To Cry is an absolute iconic classic. Not my favourite though. No way!

Favourite TV of the year?
The new Twin Peaks was very flawed but amazing. It’s nowhere close to Sopranos, which we’re rewatching at the moment. But neither should it be. Why should it be? It shouldn’t. Blue Planet was astonishing. The coral episode in particular was bewildering. That’s the only TV I’ve watched apart from some news, have I got news for you, and a few old episodes of Red Dwarf.

Your favourite film?
I just watched Network – that’s a goodun.

Favourite venue of the year?
I have no way to answer this question really! I tend to think a lot about the promoters who put on gigs, rather than the rooms. I’m amazed by these people. Of course the space is important but its only so that it can be filled with music and people. I played in some caves in Bristol last year, which was nice. A few years ago I played in a small town up in the Swiss Alps, in the ‘Beinhaus’ – the Bone House. It was full of the skulls of people from the town who’d died. I didn’t play such a good show. these types of venues can almost get in the way sometimes (churches are pretty much universally awful). When the art is so specific, and the room is so specific, maybe sometimes they can clash. So, it’s important not to get too attached to a room or a building….. or a person.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
I didn’t go to too many shows this year but Faiz Ali Faiz at the civic centre a few weeks ago was staggering. What else? Loads.

What gifts are on your letter to Santa this year?
It’s too late – I’m answering this a couple of days after. Some of the things I received are: A t-shirt with a sea-otter drawn on it, a knitted tardigrade, a world-globe.

And finally, what has 2018 got in store for you?
Hen Ogledd are convening in January to record new albums, so I’ll be working on that for the first few months, I also have some gigs in the first half of the year, and then I’ll be focusing more on the next batch of songs and some other things. I hope it’ll be a gentle year, I really hope my ears get a bit better. And I hope it’ll be a bit of a better year for people in general, I think it will.

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