Newcastle’s Richard Dawson is arguably one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer songwriters performing in the UK today, with an idiosyncratic approach to his guitar playing combined with bellowing to cherub like vocals – that can all change in an instance. A legend in his hometown, he’s one of a few current English songwriters that has successfully straddled the lines between the traditional and the avant garde. If you’ve seen him live, you know there’s no other performer quite like Richard, from the serial between-song belly laughs he induces to his unique angular guitar style with a raw, soaring voice.
His most recent album 'Nothing Important' has received unanimous critical acclaim -
“A remarkable record” 4* - MOJO
“At times deeply, painfully intimate, but also witty, bawdy, surreal, disquieting, nostalgic, brash and fearlessly individual” - The Quietus
“This is a record that unsettles and subverts” 5* - The Guardian
“Nothing Important is a rhapsody of the material, the messy, and the intensely human” 9/10 – Loud & Quiet
Glasgow based Alec Cheer has been active as a solo artist under the name Cheer since 2001 and has released a hefty volume of work on labels such as Benbecula Records, Drifting Falling, Apollolaan, At War With False Noise and his own Macrowhisker label. A multi-instrumentalist of sorts, with guitar his preferred weapon of choice, Cheer has opened for the likes of Grouper, Julianna Barwick, Six Organs of Admittance, RM Hubbert, and Robin Guthrie to name but a few.
One half of the Edinburgh’s absurdist sputter and clink duo Usurper and head honcho of Giant Tank – Ali will performing solo on the night. Having dabbled and drooled his way through improvised collaborations with the likes of Blood Stereo, Phil Minton and The Bohman Brothers – his combination of avant sound poetry, scuttled performance art and garbled Scot’s vernacular will provide a fine lubricant to the evening’s entertainment.
Sunday, 17th May.
The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.
£8 (plus booking fee) via wegottickets.com, £10 on the door.