Richard Dawson

The avant-garde Northumbrian folk storyteller combines an incredible singing voice, gritty subject matter and dark humour to create his unforgettable style.

Richard Dawson

About Richard Dawson

An utterly compelling modern day folk troubadour, Richard Dawson’s most recent album 2020 chronicles the stark realities of British life, not shying away from themes including racism, homelessness, exploited workers and heartache. The Geordie singer-songwriter brings grace and dark humour to his music, and dignity to his kitchen-sink subject matter.

With six albums under his belt now, his live shows run the gamut from down-to-earth banter and an easy, chummy connection with his audiences, then flip to hard-hitting moments of grim social commentary and spoken-word laments. He has cited Captain Beefheart and Mike Waterson as influences, but also draws inspiration from Kenyan folk traditions and Sufi devotional music.

An incredibly talented artist with humility and grit in equal measure, Dawson reports on broken Britain with sensitivity and working class solidarity, a bit like the musical version of a Ken Loach film. He’ll be performing material mainly from 2020 and his 2017 medieval concept LP, Peasant.


Location: Edinburgh Park, Lochside Way, Edinburgh, EH12 9GG

This year's contemporary music programme takes place at our purpose-built outdoor venue in Edinburgh Park.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

The venue is accessible by tram, bus, parking at Heritage Gate parking, and Ingliston Park and Ride. See below for more information.

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