1st April – Maurice Dickson

Maurice Dickson is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 1st April and this is most definitely not an April Fool! Belfast born Maurice is a talented musician and plays contemporary folk, blues, as well as his own material

Maurice started playing, singing and writing at fifteen, put together his first band at sixteen and then, three years later traded his engineer’s overalls for a life as a musician. His extensive travelling through Europe and North Africa means that he has soaked up many musical influences as well as gaining valuable experience as a performer. Being exposed to such a wide range of styles is reflected in his choice of repertoire which does not fit any of the usual categories. Stunning guitar skills and a unique stage presence are what come to mind when recalling a Maurice Dickson live gig. The wide travelling means he has accumulated a lot of experience and therefore knows the songs that suit his voice. Maurice also has a quirky sense of humour and freely admits to being prone to meandering song intros – must be the Irish in him!

Maurice has a number of albums to his name and his most recent CD ‘Spirits & Dreams’ is his second one recorded with Catherine Ashcroft. She plays Irish Pipes and Whistles and the CD also features a couple of Maurice’s own songs. When not touring solo, Maurice and Catherine often play as a duo.

Writing, recording and touring in Ireland, England, Scotland, Holland, Denmark and the USA keeps Maurice busy. Right now he is half-way through a UK tour and then in May he is off on tour to the USA.

Guitar players of whatever standard should be at Irvine Folk Club to hear Maurice Dickson, asking themselves ‘ How does he do that?!’ Hear this acoustic guitar master at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 1st April starting at 8pm in Vineburgh Community Centre in Caldon Road and remember it’s BYOB.