As we draw closer to the release of his new record, 2020, Richard Dawson has shared the video for new track, ‘Two Halves’, animated and directed by Lesley-Anne Rose.
‘Two Halves’ is one of Dawson’s most melodic – even catchy! – tracks to date, shown off through the lens of a tumultuous relationship between a father and child over a childhood football match.
Watch the video below…
On ‘Two Halves’, Dawson says: “Football is society in microcosm. I really love it (and hate plenty about it too) and wanted to make an album around the subject for some time. I’ve got other fish to fry though so this is just a simple song. I reckon it’s quite a happy one, despite it involving a kid having a really terrible game (in their mind at least) with their irate dad watching on. My own footballing days are lost in a haze – in my pomp I was a chiselling ‘Gattuso’-type holding-midfielder – but I’ve taken fresh inspiration from going to watch my nephew play for Wallsend Boys Club, some pleasant drizzly afternoons at Heaton Stan (behind the chip shop) and many excruciating visits to St. James Park – the cathedral of dreams”.
In addition to ‘Two Halves’, Richard Dawson will be curating a very special one-off Delight Is Right event at London’s Barbican Centre on 28th March 2020. The eclectic line-up (currently unannounced), will reflect the breadth of Dawson’s influences and performances will stretch across two stages and culminate in a headline Richard Dawson set and a very exciting collaboration in the Barbican Hall.
On 2020, Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable (and dare we say it, relatable) concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane.
Live dates below…
Fri 20th Sept – Newcastle, Ouseburn Folk Festival
Tue 19th Nov – London, Moth Club
Wed 20th Nov – Brighton, Komedia
Thurs 21st Nov – Manchester, RCNM Concert Hall
Fri 22nd Nov – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
Sat 23rd Nov – Liverpool, Studio 2
Tue 26th Nov – Edinburgh, The Caves
Wed 27th Nov – Glasgow, CCA
Fri 13th Dec – Newcastle, Sage Gateshead
Sat 28th March – London, Barbican