Former Drummer for legendary Aust. Punk band the Lime Spiders, Richard Lawson is
releasing another EP, ‘Presence of Mind’ in April 2022. Richard has released 7 albums and 3 EPs in the last 12 years covering every musical base from Electronica to Folk and Soundtracks.
From the drummer in the seminal Australian Punk rock band ‘Lime Spiders’ to folk/rock/ pop to soundtracks / electronic music and all points in between Richard Lawson has been very busy over the decade.
Now he has 3 bands of wildly divergent material, ‘Honey‘ with its musical take on eclectic contemporary classical, jazz, rock and electronic work, his solo acoustic and soundtrack work and the explosive percussion ensemble Kings of Congo Congo.
With a staggering array of songs under his belt, Richard can play a multitude of instruments and styles, although he dearly loves the harmony and melody of the Beatles. He’s also much in demand as a session musician, recently touring with Benji and the Saltwater Soundsystem
After finishing with the Lime Spiders in 1992 Richard moved to the Central West town of Mudgee to run an organic Olive Farm and guesthouse. He finished there in 2006 and was lured back into the music business and has not stopped since
From touring nationally and releasing a live album by the Lime Spiders on his own label, Figtree Food and Music, in 2007 to playing with folk rockers Blue Valentine, who also released their acclaimed CD . Added to this were the recent startling 2008/2009 EP releases by his Euro-electronic side project FTR, 2 Figtree Renaissance soundtrack album releases in 2010…. running radio programs on Shoalhaven FM and Culburra Beach FM on the South Coast of NSW...and promoting the acclaimed Gulgong Folk Festival in Jan 2012/2013/2014..he has been everywhere…seemingly at once!!
His 2 solo releases Bread and Water  and In your face  honed his songwriting and were a mixture of Pop/Psychedelic/Electronica and received airplay on FBI Radio Sydney and RRR Melbourne and even made it to college radio in the states. The Mudgee Guardian descibes it thus… “Lawson draws on genres ranging from folk pop to psychedelia to electronica, and the new album [In your Face] bears the influence of contemporary artists such as Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes as well as classic performers including the Beatles, Beach Boys and XTC. Lawson’s work varies from mild to wild in its eclectic influences and experimentation.”
He now resides in Mystery Bay on the idyllic South Coast where he performs, composes and teaches music and plays with the group Honey with his wife Elizabeth Walton. They have released 2 cds [Valentines Day and Blessed Bee] and tour regularly playing festivals, cafes, etc.