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Richard Dawson Part 1: 2004 – 2015

Episode 28

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Once-in-a-generation-genius or purveyor of medieval cosplay whimsy?

Nick and Ewan are joined by singer and pod regular Zoë Von Hess and podcaster Nick Taylor (My Teenage Band) to scrutinise the first four albums by Newcastle’s Richard Dawson.

Can he actually play the guitar? Does it even matter? To quote Dawson himself “Why don’t more people sing with their funny voices?”

In this episode we discuss these records:

Richard Dawson Sings Songs and Plays Guitar (2005) (this is not available to stream anywhere expect the YouTubes)

The Magic Bridge (2011)

The Glass Trunk (2013)

Nothing Important (2014)

And trust me, you really wanna come back for the next episode for his finest work.

NOTE: This was originally intended to be released later in the season so we may reference that, don’t worry there are more episodes to come!!!

As usual there’s a Spotify playlist incorporating the podcast and selected songs which you can find athttps://sptfy.com/tfrd1

You can buy all the albums and more direct from Bandcamp (and you really should)

https://richardmichaeldawson.bandcamp.com/music

The Guests:

Our guide for the records was Zoë Von Hess, who sings backing vocals on the recent release by Blood, Wine or Honey, available here: https://bloodwineorhoney.com/

Nick Taylor last joined us for Mclusky and Future of the Left, but he can usually be heard hosting the excellent My Teenage Band podcast here: https://www.myteenageband.com/

If you fancy supporting the show, either leave us a review somewhere on Apple or Podchaser which would help enormously. Or just tell your friends!!

There is a Patreon as well https://www.patreon.com/tempfans

Jonathan is the genius behind our theme music and you can hear more of his stuff on his Bandcamp

Additional music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions

All available under the following licenses:

Featuring the wonderful...

Zoë von Hess
Zoë von Hess is a lifelong music devotee and singer.
Professionally active from the age of 17, her band travels have provided adventures from Beijing to London, Ho Chi Minh to Brisbane. With performances on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry, at famed Indie shrine the Dublin Castle in Camden and even at a Planet Hollywood opening helping out Bruce Willis on backing vocals, she’s nothing if not a well-rounded artist and entertainer.
You can ask her about the time she made Jarvis Cocker leave his own after-show party, or how she sang live for Skibs the Kid with a full classical orchestra or what happened with a bottle of wine backstage with The Jesus and Mary Chain. Now permanently based in Hong Kong with her young family, with 1000s of gigs under her belt both as performer and audience member, she is perennially gobby about her diverse musical passions.
Nick Taylor
Episode 28