‘Australian musical journeyman Richard Lawson has made a stop at every creative station it seems. His transcendence through the gambit of popular genres is to be acknowledged and he is an unassuming Australian music legend. All the way from 70’s Rock/Punk with the Lime Spiders through to Folk, across to Electronica then back around to Ambient/Classical, Richard’s made his mark.’ Shane Budini, Electronic Music Australia September 2022
Work is underway scoring some of his works to be performed and recorded by the esteemed classical ensemble ‘The Acacia Quartet’ in March 2023, with applications to several major classical music festivals including ‘Four Winds’ in the pipeline.
Along with his 14 LPs and Eps Richard Lawson has defied genre convention throughout his extensive solo career since leaving the triple ARIA nominated seminal Australian punk band, who were once described by Rolling Stone as ‘The Sex Pistols on acid’
His latest release the LP; ‘Music at Night; Selected Ambient Works 1994-2014’ was released December 2022. The compilation includes 6 reworkings and 6 unreleased songs and two singles, Firefly and Porcelain II. It gained significant airplay with up to 8 tracks being featured across 11 shows and radio stations.
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Highlights of touring career with the Lime Spiders [1983 – 2007] and solo career including 3 ARIA
nominations – topping the independent charts in the USA as well as attaining Top 40 in Australia 3
times, during which time they recorded 4 albums.
European tour: 42 venues, sold out – audience capacity up to 10,000 at the famed Roskilde Festival –
USA tour (twice): 65 venues, sold out – Supporting Iggy Pop and PIL – Performed at MTV awards
(most exciting new band) – NUMBER ONE US Independent charts – Music for ‘Young Einstein’ and
‘Paper Giants’ – Performed at MTV awards in the USA. Numerous – ABC TV Countdown live
performances AND the first band to ever play on RAGE.
Richard received the Australia Day award for services to music and community in 2014 for his work
as Director Gulgong Folk Festival 2010 – 2015. He personally picked Daniel Champagne’s earliest
festival performances, Melanie Horsnell, Imogen Clarke, Fanny Lumsden, Caitlin Harnett, Emma
Swift, 19-Twenty, Sophie Hutchings amongst others- Director Mudgee Music Festival 2016
Current Projects: -6 solo LPs and 6 EPs in 12 years – regular performances at festivals, venues
nationally and on radio. – ‘Solo’ – electronic, solo acoustic and soundtrack work. ‘Honey’ – wildly
divergent material with its musical take on eclectic contemporary classical, jazz, rock. ‘Kings of
Congo Congo’ – an explosive percussion ensemble and festival favourite. Mentor to emerging talent/
private music teacher having taught over 300 students from 2003 – 2022 as well as Bushfire
recovery teaching after Black Summer Fires (volunteer)
Richard is about to collaborate with the ACACIA QUARTET on a suite of his original electronic music
scored for orchestra. They are a featured artist at Four Winds Festival and countless national music
festivals and on ABC Classic FM with Twelve albums. They have APRA-AMCOS Art Music nominations
and their engagements include – Sydney Opera House, – City Recital Hall Sydney, – Melbourne Recital
Hall and numerous overseas tours including Berlin and Canada.
Current RELEASE is the electronic pop EP ‘Glow Baby’. There are planned releases of 2 compilations
in 2022/2023. ‘Music at Night’ a selection of Ambient recordings from 1994 – 2014 and
‘Retrospective’ a compilation of his more mainstream solo works from 1992 – 2017