Brian Dawson was due to perform at The Poppy Folk Club on Sunday 17th November 2013. Unfortunately on Saturday 9th, he collapsed with a heart attack, and was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital. Brian never regained conciousness and passed away in the early hours of the morning on Friday 22nd November.
When we booked Brian to appear at the club about a year in advance, he joked that he would be happy to do it if he was still alive. Brian refused to take a realistic fee for his performance, so we agreed with him that we would give any excess to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
We are extremely grateful to Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham who agreed to stand in for us at very short notice when it became clear that Brian would be unable to perform. Brian's family asked that we give any proceeds from the concert to The British Legion as planned. In the event we raised £153.63
Brian Dawson was a folk song collector, musician and singer. He was a member of The Meggies (founders of The Grimsby Folk Club in the 1960s) and The Broadside, but was perhaps better known in recent times for his solo performances, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of songs collected in his native Lincolnshire mostly through his own lifelong work. He was also an expert in Lincolnshire dialect and the folk song collecting of Australian composer Percy Grainger.
Brian tended to shun publicity and avoided being recorded, so there is little information on-line about him and his works. A sound recording of one of his shows is available here: