Newcastle prog-folk nonconformist Richard Dawson has announced the release of a live DVD of his 2022 album The Ruby Cord, filmed in concert at St. George’s Bristol.
The album, which serves as the concluding part of a trilogy preceded by Peasant and 2020, was released to high praise from publications at the tail end of last year, and saw Dawson take the record on tour to be performed in full alongside a five-piece band at various venues around the UK.
The album is noted for its dystopian themes and views on future societal collapse, following on from the medieval barbarism and present-day horrors portrayed on his two prior releases, and takes Dawson’s ambitious song structures to lengthier extremes.
The performance was shot at his St. George’s Bristol show earlier in 2023 and was directed by frequent collaborator James Hankins, who also provided the short film to accompany The Ruby Cord’s monolithic 41-minute opening track, ‘The Hermit’.
While it is unlikely that he will return with another tour of these proportions for a significant amount of time, he has also announced a string of solo dates and shows with drummer Andrew Cheetham [LoneLady, Kiran Leonard] in the UK and Europe for later this year.
The DVD will be available on limited release 8th December.
Watch the trailer for the live DVD below:
See Richard Dawson live:
23rd Sept – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall *
12th Oct – Cardiff, Llais Festival *
3rd Nov – Prague, Alternativa Festival *
10th Nov – Utrecht, Le Guess Who? *
6th Dec – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre *
7th Dec – Brighton, St Georges Church **
8th Dec – Nottingham, The Boat Club **
9th Dec – Chester, St Mary’s **
10th Dec – Swansea, Bunkhouse **
12th Dec – Falmouth, The Cornish Bank **
13th Dec – Bristol, Bristol Beacon (Lantern Hall) **
16th Dec – Newcastle, Victoria Tunnel *
17th Dec – Newcastle, Victoria Tunnel *
* = solo show
** = with Andrew Cheetham (drums)