John Wright
House Concert

with Maurice Dickson

Sunday, April 1, 2001

John Wright and Maurice Dickson are two highly respected artists from the UK, who joined forces for a short tour of the States and honored us with a delightful afternoon concert.

John Wright was born in England, but has lived in the beautiful Scottish Borders for a number of years where he worked as a hill-shepherd. Since 1995, he has been the voice behind the hugely popular John Wright Band which is recognized as one of the most popular bands on the UK folk scene today.

As a solo performer however, John has a well deserved reputation for his interpretation and rendition of traditional songs. His clear, expressive voice has been described as a "spiritual gift", and in the intimate setting of this house concert, it inspired an awe-struck silence from the audience.

John Wright

John's latest solo album, A Few Short Lines is a collection of well-known and not so well-known traditional Scottish, English and Irish ballads, sung to perfection in the pure, compelling voice which has become John Wright's trademark.

Maurice Dickson is a native of Belfast and is a first-class singer/songwriter whose trademark is his unique style of guitar playing and foot percussion. His stage presence and personality enthrals his audiences, and he embraces both contemporary and traditional material with ease, whether the song is one of his own compositions or a well-known "trad" song ... when sung by Maurice, it is different to any version you have ever heard before!

Maurice has been described as a "one-man foot-stompin' rhythm 'n' blues band" which is a complete contrast to the sensitive accompaniment required for John's voice, but is an effortless transition for this extremely talented musician.

John Wright and Maurice Dickson are individual performers, who have joined forces for this US tour. They complement each other, and the merger of these two diverse personalities resulted in a performance which can only be described as an experience we were pleased not to have missed!

Quotes ...

"...John Wright sings straight from the heart...and whether the song is contemporary or traditional, his commanding appearance and charismatic performance never fails to win over his audience.

"...Maurice Dickson is a genius performer with amazing stage presence and personality

"...One of the most talented solo artists on the festival circuit today ... held the audience spellbound and made his guitar talk

  Link to The John Wright Band's web site