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Dick Gaughan And Friends (Dick Gaughan)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Unapologetic, unreconstructed, political and proud; folk stalwart Dick Gaughan has a lot of passion and a lot to say. A big lad with a big voice, he belts out direct, sometimes didactic lyrics with an impassioned snarl, contrasting sharply with his delicate, flurrying guitar. As befits his Socialist standpoint, his songs make heroes of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, highlighting historical struggles and modern injustices with conviction, scorn and humour. This one-off performance features an opening run of solo acoustic songs, followed by a second set with accompaniment from a collective of talented musicians and former collaborators. Against this backing, Gaughan really lets loose, singing and playing with uncommon, exhilarating conviction. A rare treat for socially conscious folk fans.

The Queen’s Hall, 22 Aug, 8.00pm (10.00pm), £14.00 – £16.00, fpp202.
tw rating 4/5