[2015.08.06] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
Sing your song boldly and you will find others who want to share in its spirit. From hearing each other play at the North-East’s TUSK Festival last year, Richard Dawson and Asiq Nargile found a great riddle in one another’s song. Thankfully for us, their fascination for the other’s (and the other’s) music has led to a short, double-bill, UK tour, including a date at St. Gabriel’s Church in Heaton.
Dawson’s performances have grown more beautiful and peculiar the wider he has travelled. In this House of The Messenger, the characters from his latest album might find their reflections augmented in the stained glass and who knows how they will handle this portrayal?
Nargile will be visiting from Georgia, via Turkey, to share her tales. She unwraps her songs using a saz, with all its sharp percussive sounds and string rattles.
Though the aesthetics of two different spoken languages separate our troubadours, a more fundamental expression unites them. In addition, for this Newcastle leg of this tour, the Chicago duo Spires That in the Sunset Rise will also play. Using a multitude of instruments, STITSR will be guided by their songs as they play in improvisation and the unknown.