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Richard Dawson and Jim Ghedi at The Abbeydale Picture House£8 – £13
+ JIM GHEDI
Friday 15th June
£8 / £10 adv, £13 OTD
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.
Watch the video for ‘Soldier’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7iW5OEeCUw&t=2s
Watch the video for ‘The Vile Stuff’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQVlNt6DAxY
Interview on The Quietus: http://thequietus.com/articles/22157-richard-dawson-peasant-interview-michael-hann
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.
His current solo work explores connections to the natural environments and heritage of rural communities and landscapes across the British Isles, including the village in which he grew up. Drawing musically from some genre-crossing ideas combining 6 & 12 string finger-style guitar composition, orchestral arrangments and traditional folk song.
Listen to and order Jim’s second album ‘A Hymn for Ancient Land’ https://jimghedi.bandcamp.com/album/a-hymn-for-ancient-land-2