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Melting Vinyl: Richard Dawson and special guests

Melting Vinyl: Richard Dawson + PYX

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A special solo show playing material from the '2020' album and beyond

Richard Dawson, the black humoured bard of Newcastle, returns on the back of his 2021 release, his seventh solo album Henki (with Circle), his first since the critically acclaimed, Peasant and 2020.

This show has been rescheduled from the original date of 8th May. All tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled date, and all other event details will remain the same.

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Words from the Baird:
We'd been looking forward to seeing you and sharing music over the coming months but then coronavirus halted everything. I hope you're all keeping safe and sane. We move forward with hope. We're rescheduling dates where possible and hope to see you there, on the opposite bank of this murky river.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Richard Dawson will be joined by PYX. PYX is a Kent based alt-rock collective led by singer-songwriter Wesley Triffitt. Ranging from the intimate and exposed to the cinematic, PYX's dynamic sound has drawn comparisons to Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Arcade Fire.'

Click here to watch Play On by PYX on Youtube

On 2020, Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable (and dare we say it, relatable) concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane. Lyrically it is by far Dawson’s hardest-hitting and unflinchingly honest album to date. It is his poetic masterwork.

Within, we find disgruntled civil servants dreaming of better days, anxiety-addled joggers listlessly searching Zoopla for houses they cannot afford in their spare time, amateur footballers who think they’re Lionel Messi and beleaguered pub landlords battling rising floodwaters.

Here is life, in all its strange and wonderful ways.

“2020 is, without a doubt, Dawson’s most direct album to date. Entirely self-played but ambitious in its palette and bold in its arrangements, it finds him adding new lucidity and sense of melody to his knotty and raucous take on folk music. It’s hard not to conclude that 2020 is the record we need right now: a state-f-a-nation address for a nation in a bit of a state.” Uncut - 9/10

“2020 is a reminder of the need for basic decency in a country that is forgetting it, voiced by the most brilliant and humane songwriter working here today.” The Guardian, 5 Star

“This is unlike any album you’ve ever heard: an utterly uncompromising portrait of low-trust, high-anxiety, Brexit-bashed Britain. Dawson nails modern misery.” Sunday Times Culture

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Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult

This is a Standing Event.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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£16 standard
£20 on the door

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