Dick Gaughan

14 November 2008, 20 November 2009, 17 June 2011, September 2012, 29 May 2015

Dick GaughanOur first evening with Dick was such a memorable one, that we asked him back the following year – and again, and again …..

Dick has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for almost four decades. He was an early member of Boys of the Lough (he is on their first album) before joining the now-legendary Scottish folk-rock band Five Hand Reel, making three albums with them in the mid-to-late seventies.

A stunning and passionate singer with a wonderfully expressive voice allied to a dazzling guitar technique, Dick has been described as “truly masterful” (Folk Roots) and “How music from the gut really sounds” (The Guardian). If you want to know what we mean, just seek out “Handful of Earth” and “The World Turned Upside Down” – nuff said, we think.

And hey, the Goose’s cup ranneth over when Dick did both those songs as an encore, despite the fact they involved completely retuning his guitar! Thanks Dick!

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