Bearded men know how to folk. That’s a truer statement than anything else you’ll ever hear or read today. It’s just a fact. What? You want evidence? Well here’s some cold hard fact words for you. Two words, in fact. Richard Dawson. Richard Dawson is one of the best singer songwriters in the North East, no, THE WORLD.

That’s right, Newcastle’s own Richard Dawson has been heralded, by those in the know, as one of the greatest singer song writers alive. Six solo albums into a varied and eclectic musical career, Dawson is most definitely one to discover, if you haven’t already, at Split Festival this year. It’s not just music that he’s been working away on, Richard’s extra curriculum activities, including visual art and poetry, have all helped Richard establish himself as one of the most interesting and diverse artists Newcastle has to offer.

His latest release, 2011’s The Magic Bridge, is ten tracks of beautifully intimate, unhurried folk. This is real modern folk mind you, none of your waistcoat wearing, Carlsberg drinking, banjo wielding chart folk nonsense, no thank you very much. It’s fragile, it’s rough, it’s sweet, it’s heart warming and it’s heartbreaking. It’s sometimes bleak, but it’s always brilliant.

With his sublime guitar playing and his rich and earthy voice, he continues to flabbergast spectators as his genius propels his musical career further and further. This man captivates spectators like no other. Dawson’s fascinating poetry combined with his exquisite finger picking style makes him one of the North East’s most unique and most loved artists.