Preview: Richard Dawson @ The Fire Station Auditorium, Sunderland | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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On Saturday 22nd January, as part of their opening ‘Firestarters’ season, The Fire Station Auditorium in Sunderland hosts North-East alt-folk music maker Richard Dawson for a one-off solo performance. 

Richard Dawson is a musical pathfinder who juxtaposes ancient myth and legend with a foreboding sense of contemporary dread to conjure up lyrics that are thought-provoking yet laced with wit. This, paired with his unique style of guitar-playing creates a distinctive and timeless brand of avant-garde folk music, which has been critically revered many times over.

Moving towards a heavier, more rock-influenced sound during his 2019 album 2020, Dawson continued to try to unpack the topic of struggle within a harsh and unpredictable world. And now onto his more recent collaborative record Henki, with Finnish band Circle.

Speaking ahead of his appearance at The Fire Station, Richard Dawson said:

 “The Fire Station looks so great and I can’t wait to play there with my friend the estimable drummer, Andrew Cheetham. 

“I haven’t played in Sunderland for many, many years. I reckon this’ll be one of the last shows I’ll do focusing on the ‘2020’ material. You can only hold on so long before you’ve got to make way for the new. 

“I didn’t get to play out this stuff in the real world half as much as I thought I would so whenever I do get the chance the sense of importance in grasping the moment and squeezing as much life out of it as possible isn’t hard to find. I hope we’ll be able to make an exciting show for you, in very strange circumstances.”

Tickets are priced from £15.40 and available here.

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