ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
Richard Dawson & Rhodri Davies
Hen Ogledd is the ancient name for a region of Britain bordering northern England and southern Scotland. It is a mystical lost zone invoked by the duo of shamanic vocalist Richard Dawson and avant harpist Rhodri Davies. Their collaboration is a tug of war between two kindred spirits: ravishing rough melodies, chaotic rhythms and thick, burbling textures.
Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive, with a voice that crumbles and soars. This is music steeped in age-old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane, underpinned with raw, uncompromising sounds from his rusty guitar.
Welch harpist Rhodri Davies is a seasoned improviser and player whose frequent collaborators include John Butcher, David Toop, Lee Patterson, Common Objects, John Tilbury and many others.