Following the acclaim and hike in popularity generated by 2014's astonishing Nothing Important LP, two of Geordie singer Richard Dawson's previous masterpieces are receiving much-needed reissues.
Originally released in 2013, The Glass Trunk was triggered by a commission to respond to the local museum service's archives. Dawson created an album largely from stories found in an old 17th Century scrapbook, including a lengthy paean to the sorry demise of community pillar Joe The Quilt-Maker and the much-loved yet equally, viscerally dark Poor Old Horse.
All in all, the record comprises of six acapella odes of between four and 13 minutes in length, plus a rendering of Mike Waterson's The Brisk Lad, interspersed with a series of brief instrumental vignettes; Dawson's guitar sparring with the electric harp of Rhodri Davies for strictly spontaneous 60-second blasts.
Unique, and highly recommended.
1. A Parent's Address to His Firstborn Son On the Day of His Birth
4. Poor Old Horse
7. William and His Mother Visit the Museum
10. The Brisk Lad
13. Joe the Quilt-maker
16. The Ghost of a Tree
19. The Ice-breaker Baikal