Enthusiastic Eunuch proudly presents one of the great live performers of our time…
“At times deeply, painfully intimate, but also witty, bawdy, surreal, disquieting, nostalgic, brash and fearlessly individual” – The Quietus
The traditional & expected hyperbole of press releases notwithstanding, I can say without any hesitation that Newcastle’s Richard Dawson is one of the most extraordinary musicians and performers in a generation and it is my absolute privilege to welcome him back to Dublin for the first time in three years, this time with a full band in tow. Those who have already witnessed a live performance by Richard Dawson know exactly how compelling, transformative & often truly hilarious they can be while those who have not born witness need to rectify that immediately. Or on November 22nd. Richard’s incredible new album ‘Peasant’ is out now on Weird World Records.
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.
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Katie Kim is the pseudonym of Irish singer Katie Sullivan, who performs slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Her third full length album entitled Salt was released on October 2016 and was shortlisted for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year. She has toured all over Europe, and played shows in New York, Canada – and even a performance with The Waterboys on the legendary Later with Jools Holland TV show.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.