Maurice Dickson with Mike Burd
Saturday, May 23, 2015
You could be forgiven for asking yourself: “Now where have I seen that face before?” Truth is, if you have been floating around Europe for the past 15 years or so, you might well have seen Maurice Dickson, if it was Monday, it must have been Germany …or was it Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, North Africa …or the Canary Islands. As they say in Scotland, a stone’s throw from Maurice’s native Northern Ireland, he has `earned his spurs’. The long journey began in 1975 when he started playing, singing and writing. A year later, aged 16 he put together his first band, which belted out his own material and cover versions of the day until 1979 when he traded his engineer’s overalls for the insecurity of a life on the road. Setting off with a guitar, a sleeping bag and £75, he spent four-and-a-half years slogging it round Europe and North Africa, learning the tricks that only that kind of experience can give an artist – how to judge an audience, how to hook it, how to play it, how to reel it in and put it in the bag.
Accompanying Maurice will be Michael Burd on acoustic bass. Their musical collaboration began in 2007 while Mike was on tour in the UK with Maine’s legendary singer-songwriter David Mallett; with whom he has toured and recorded with since 1981. Mike is a 40-year+ veteran of the New England music scene and has performed with many regional and national artists. Mike’s lyrical yet supportive style of playing will add a unique voice to the evening’s music. When he’s not touring Mike is an Adult Education instructor and leads a ukulele ensemble in his hometown of Farmington ME called the Merry Plinksters.