Richard Dawson is back in June with a heart-bursting triumph of a new album called Peasant, and he’s coming to Bristol to perform it – accompanied for the first time by a band of kindred musical wanderer-warriors, including violinist Angharad Davies and assorted members of Newcastle’s fervently creative musical subterranea.
Support comes from Glaswegian deregulated guitar pop group Still House Plants – PLUS after the bands things take a disco turn with an afterparty on the Fiddlers dancefloor featuring a propulsive live set from Steven Warwick (aka Heatsick) and DJ Fielding Hope (Cafe OTO).
Those fortunate few who witnessed Richard Dawson’s acoustic shows deep in Redcliffe Caves last December will recall the usual fiery broth of Dawson catalogue and a cappella folk favourites tinctured with some previously unheard material: those new songs, reduced down to quivering-flame fragility in the caves, take their place on ‘Peasant’, and in the new live show, amidst a full-blooded, full-banded set of anthems for what Richard calls “a society which is at odds with itself and has great sickness in it, and perhaps doesn’t take responsibility – blame going in all the wrong directions”.
In the context of ‘Peasant’ the society in question happens to be the pre-mediaeval North Eastern kingdom of Bryneich (450-780AD), but he could just as easily be singing of the here and now…and let’s face it, who else is going to save us but Richard Dawson?
With the release of ‘Nadir’, a unique audio-visual ‘mixtape’ out digitally on PAN, Berlin-based musician and artist Steven Warwick presents a bold move forward from his Heatsick guise with a fresh set of musical tools and brand live show, reworking and pulling the carpet from underneath the dancefloor.
In the music of Glasgow trio Still House Plants, post-modern power ballads meet free jazz in an emotional territory that touches upon such diverse figures as Robert Wyatt, Ornette Coleman and Elysia Crampton. Fragments of guitar, melismatic vocal mantra, bass and percussion combine in a spirit of glowing minimalism to create something truly wonderful.
Esteemed programmer of Cafe OTO and Counterflows Festival and avowed crisp fetishist Fielding Hope keeps vigil at the decks all night, moving from delectable sonic curios to curveballing dancefloor zingers as things get late/loose.