• Richard Dawson at Empire Music Hall

    Alright, here’s the craic: Richard Dawson isn’t just in a league of his own when it comes to trend-flattening experimental folk: he is easily one of the greatest living musical artists. He first confirmed that fact with the release of Nothing Important back in 2014, and to the contrary, it felt very important; seismic even. On that album and follow-ups Peasant and 2020, the Newcastle artist took the imprint of everything from Kenyan folk traditions and Captain Beefheart, to Sun Ra and Sufi devotional music to fathom a careening, unfuckwithable folk genius all his own. See also: last year’s sprawling opus The Ruby Cord. During that time, Dawson had few more…

  • Richard Dawson @ Empire Music Hall, Belfast

    After recuperating from crossing freezing Scandinavia and France, Richard Dawson ended his rest period by performing in Belfast for the first time since his appearance at the Black Box in 2017. This time the setting was the Empire, a venue with music hall origins befitting Dawson, a performer who folds together the antique and the modern. His ability to draw such a sizeable crowd is an encouraging sign for any lovers of folk music, particularly because his style is at the less accessible end of the spectrum. Along with Dublin’s Lankum, another abrasive, brilliant group, Dawson’s recent work has done…

  • Richard Dawson Set For Dublin and Belfast

    Hands down one of the greatest songwriters alive today, Richard Dawson will return to play a couple of Irish shows in 2020. With his band in tow, the Newcastle-upon-Tyne artist will play Belfast Empire Music Hall on February 20 and Whelan’s in Dublin on February 21. Tickets are priced at £17.50 and €18.95 respectively.

  • Richard Dawson To Play Dublin and Belfast

    Let’s cut right to chase: Richard Dawson is one of the greatest living solo artists. A truly inimitable proposition, the Newcastle-upon-Tyne folk musician will play Dublin’s Whelan’s and Belfast’s Black Box on November 22 and November 23 respectively. With the former – which will also feature Katie Kim -presented by Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions and the latter by Moving On Music – who have hosted Dawson on these shores below – tickets for shows, which will feature Dawson and full band, are priced €16.50 and £15 (£10 concession) via here and here.