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Live Report - Richard Dawson, Agerskow, Therunningchelsea, 04/01/2013

Posted on Thursday, 7 February 2013 | No Comments

Let’s get a few things out of the way early on: it’s very rare you get a bill this good in the Steamer these days. And yes, I am also an unapologetic Dawson fan boy. So it always going to be unlikely that this would be an especially barbed review.

But bloody hell, what an evening. Starting things off was Tom Hollingworth, better known as Therunningchelsea. Usually to be found toting his loop-pedal assisted talents around the city’s open mike scene, tonight’s longer opening slot allowed him to showcase the full extent of his lyrical and musical virtuosity and even preview some of his quite splendidly eccentric new album In The Future, We Will Spinn.

Bringing things to a more intimate level was Agerskow, now an alt-folk power trio with enough restraint and nuance to let Kate Edwards’ personal songs and superb voice breathe but still add extra colour to the edges to bring out the power of songs like closing number Fast Hands.  Subtle, memorable and classically melodic pop.

Given the dedicated local following he now commands, it’s pretty packed for Richard Dawson’s headline set, but as usual there’s enough of a sonic and emotional heft to his music to swiftly dominate the room. There’s several previews of his next (largely acapella) project of revived folk songs, but it’s when he dips into 2011’s majestic The Magic Bridge – especially an astonishing We Picked Apples In A Graveyard Freshly Mowed – that the night really soars. See you at the Academy next time?

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