The Doghouse in association with The Grayston Unity are very pleased to present:
Sat 16th June - Richard Dawson + Jim Ghedi (support).
Tickets: £15 adv from The Grayston Unity, Revo Records, Jumbo Records and on-line via Ticketweb. £17 on the door.
There will be a Real Ale bar in the Minster also serving wines, soft drinks, lagers and possibly other stuff.
The gig will take place in the candle lit 12th Century Halifax Minster. It's a wonderful venue that anyone who has been to visit can attest to. Take a moment to look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Minster : http://www.halifaxminster.org.uk/
Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, a voice that crumbles and soars, that is steeped in age-old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane, Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown.
Both live and on record Dawson is a barrage of musical expression and personality. A shambling exterior, amidst tales of pineapples and underpants, ghosts of family members and cats, his stage presence is at once inviting and awe-inspiring. The visceral power of his voice against the lurching modality of his guitar lines conjure false memories of Tim Buckley and Richard Youngs duetting with Sir Richard Bishop and Zoot Horn Rollo. There is a rawness to the music that embodies timeworn singing traditions – the fire and pestilence gait of the Sacred Harp singings, the fractured call and response of the Gaelic Psalms, the unbridled power of Mongolian throat singers – its power tempered by intimacy, flecked with human emotion anchored by a sense of place.
From its first beguilingly muted fanfare to its spectacular climax exploring a Dark Ages masseuse’s dangerous fascination with a mysterious artefact called the Pin of Quib, Richard's new album 'Peasant' will grab newcomers to his work by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let them go until they have signed a pledge of life-long allegiance.
Driven forward by exhilarating guitar flurries, Qawwali handclaps and bursts of choral ferocity, Peasant’s eleven tracks sustain a momentum worthy of the lyrics’ urgent subject matter. Dawson describes the themes of these songs as “Families struggling, families being broken up by circumstance, and – how do you keep it together? In the face of all of these horrors that life, or some system of life, is throwing at you?” The fact that these meticulously wrought narratives all unfold in the pre-mediaeval North Eastern kingdom of Bryneich – “any time from about 450AD to 780AD, after the withdrawal of the Roman Empire”- only makes their contemporary relevance more enduring and vital.
Dawson’s objective was to create “A panorama of 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”. But encountering Peasant’s captivating sequence of occupational archetypes (‘Herald’, ‘Ogre’, ‘Weaver’, Scientist’), listeners might find themselves wondering if these multitudes could somehow be contained with one person – surely we all have a ‘Shapeshifter’ and a ‘Prostitute’ within us?
Watch the video for 'Ogre': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfaW-yD7DoA
Watch the video for 'Soldier': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7iW5OEeCUw&t=2s
Watch the video for ‘Weaver’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G54_PYN1Sp4
Interview on The Quietus: http://thequietus.com/articles/22157-richard-dawson-peasant-interview-michael-hann
"A record that deserves to be cherished in this or any age."
Uncut, 8/10 Album of the Month
"An album that's out there on its own [...] Peasant is quite an achievement."
The Guardian, 4* Album of the Week
"Dawson's most accessible album to date […] resembles a masterpiece."
“Peasant is a potent and mournfully beautiful meditation on mankind’s inability to fix itself.”
Loud and Quiet, 9/10
“Free-ranging neo-folk mini dramas.”
"Peasant becomes a breakthrough for Dawson: an overwhelming, vulgar, and deeply rewarding record.”
"An hour of pungently skewed songs."
Financial Times, 4*
"Lets hope history repeats itself and we get another album half as good as this."
Record Collector, 4*
“One of the most original voices in English music.”
“Hilarious and terrifying all at once.”
“Here is a collection – here is a voice – that will ring down through the ages.”
Caught By The River
"The most extraordinary record of the year so far."
"Its significance, its profundity, its sheer exhilarating force will stay with you for far longer than just about anything else you’re likely to hear this year."
The Line of Best Fit, 9.5/10
“He’s a remarkable talent, he really is, and a great fella.”
Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music
“He just crushes me, what a beautiful creature he is.”
Tom Ravenscroft – BBC 6 Music
“A fantastic and unique talent.”
Stuart Maconie – BBC 6 Music
“He is a musician like no other.”
Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1
Born in Sheffield before moving around various parts of the British Isles and then settling in Moss Valley - an abandoned and forgotten area on the edgelands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire - it makes perfect sense that 26 year old Jim Ghedi’s music feels both fluidly transient yet also deeply rooted to a sense of place.
Nature permeates through his second album ‘A Hymn For Ancient Land’ (released this winter to much praise on Basin Rock – also home to Nadia Reid and Julie Byrne) from start to finish, gliding through its core like a bubbling brook. The subtle mix of finger-picked guitar, classical instrumentation and the beauty of the arrangements create something almost tangible – like a light dew on the tip ends of grass or the sticky moisture of well trampled soil. Winding guitar instrumentals lead you up forgotten paths, gently whirring strings along rolling hillsides, the drums beat like the faint sounds of thunder on the horizon and the rich hum of the ambience hangs like a gentle morning fog.
Music / Album link : https://jimghedi.
Single track link : https://soundcloud.com/jim-
Praise for 'A Hymn For Ancient Land':
★★★★☆MOJO - "Melodically sublime... although Ghedi's music is infused with tradition, it's very much experiencing the present"
★★★★☆ The Independent - "a raga-like texture of tingling drones and jaunty picking that recalls both John Fahey and the Penguin Cafe"
★★★★☆ The Financial Times "This is landscape music, a close relative of landscape art."
★★★★☆ Uncut - "There's respect here, but no folkloric nostalgia...a delightful hybrid strain"
★★★★☆ Q - "a brilliant finger-picker and songwriter...shining a welcome light into an underrated genre"
Folk Radio UK - "a small masterpiece"
The Line Of Best Fit - 8/10 "A Hymn for Ancient Land really only sounds like itself."