Richard Lawson


From folk/rock/ pop to soundtracks to electronic music and all points in between Richard Lawson has been very busy over the last 6 years.

Now he leads 3 bands of wildly divergent material,  ‘Honey’ with its  musical take  on eclectic contemporary classical, jazz, rock and electronic work, solo acoustic and soundtrack work and the explosive percussion ensemble Kings of Congo Congo.

After finishing with the Lime Spiders in 1992 he had a stint in the country owning and running a farm/guesthouse in Mudgee NSW but got 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 [2011] and In your face [2012] 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 Mudgee where he performs, composes and teaches music and also promotes and directs the acclaimed boutique Gulgong Folk Festival




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