I found it ok at first but a couple of months into lockdown I started to feel quite down about all the unplayed gigs and lost moments, a bit more anxious than usual and pretty disconnected. So I wanted to make something small (but proper) to try and reconnect. I hope this collection might be something hopeful, or at least a useful distraction.
I had the title 'Republic of Geordieland' in my head for years and always envisaged it would be some grand overblown quadruple-vinyl prog-folk opera or suchlike. Well, it's not that. It's turned out to be a dilapidated, disparate collection of instrumentals and vocal pieces that I've made during lockdown, as well as a couple of things that've been knocking about for ages but which never found a home.
Frankly, it's a dog's dinner. But a dog's dinner may still offer some nourishment!
There's a couple of songs on here I wrote for Matt Stokes' fine film This Liberty, which I really like to sing. There's also a long guitar and drum-machine spa called 'The Minotaur of Cowhill', which I hope is the aural equivalent of a maze. And, as a proud Newcastle United supporter, I'm pleased to submit a new guitar piece bearing the name of our friendly city's anti-racist motto, 'We are black and white'.
This album is dedicated to beautiful Sally on her 40th birthday.
released August 7, 2020
Cover art by Alex Charrington
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering
Richard Dawson - guitar (1,2,4,5,7,9), voice (3,6,8), drum machine (6), keyboard and 'thumbjam' (4)
all tracks written by Richard except 6 which is traditional
1, 2, 6, 7 and 9 recorded at home during lockdown of spring/summer 2020
3 and 8 are two of five songs originally written for the film 'This Liberty', a collaboration between Matt Stokes and Richard commissioned for Hexham Old Gaol by Arts & Heritage. Track 3 was filmed and recorded in HMP Durham.
Track 8 was sung in the film by Marry Waterson (much better!) The version here was recorded by Stick In The Wheel and originally appeared on the compilation album 'From Here Vol. 2'. Please find that and other treasures here: www.fromhererecords.com
Track 4 was originally made for Kate Craddock's play 'The GB Project'.
Track 5 was originally made for Steve Gilroy's play 'Motherland'.
with thanks to Stick In The Wheel, Matt Stokes, Kate Craddock, Steve Gilroy, Alex Charrington, Sally and everyone at Domino.