Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson was, until he appeared at TUSK and Supersonic festivals in 2012, the North East of England’s hidden jewel – a skewed troubadour who sings and plays guitar with a rare intensity and singular style. His voice has been compared to everyone from Tim Buckley to Richard Youngs while his guitar playing recalls Sir Richard Bishop and Zoot Horn Rollo and, combined with the inescapable snare of his lyrics, means surrender to his music is inevitable. 

2013 saw Dawson go from local legend to touring Europe twice, performing at festivals such as Latitude, Supernormal, Incubate and SOY and being lauded by Late Junction, The Wire, The Quietus and many more. He ended the year with his album The Glass Trunk being named Leftfield Album Of The Year by Stewart Lee in the Sunday Times, being placed at Number 4 in The Wire's albums of 2013 and being hailed as one of Record Collector's albums of the year.