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Culture Awards: Richard Dawson blows audience away with walkabout a cappella performance

The Newcastle folk singer commanded the crowd's full attention as he performed two songs in Sunderland Minster

In 2014, Newcastle-based folk singer songwriter Richard Dawson released an album which was the exact opposite of a Ronseal one.

Nothing Important was a long player of just four songs – two of which exceed 16 minutes – which was given a crowd of praise following its release.

We couldn’t have been happier to welcome him to The Journal Culture Awards – and onto the stage – for the first time on Tuesday night at Sunderland Minster.

Mind you, he didn’t stay on the stage for his whole performance, opting instead to go walk about among the culture-loving congregation after he realised his carry-on amp wasn’t plugged in.

As you’ll see, Richard put in a spellbinding performance of two songs, with only the acoustics of the Minster as an accompaniment.

In the process, he notched up one of the highlights of Culture Awards history. And that’s saying something.


David Whetstone
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