Dick Gaughan

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Richard Peter Gaughan, 17 May 1948, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. A veteran of Scotland’s thriving folk circuit, Gaughan rose to national prominence in the 70s as a member of the Boys Of The Lough. From there, he became a founder member of Five Hand Reel, an electric folk group that enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. Gaughan left them in 1978 following the release of their third album, Earl O’ Moray, having already embarked on a concurrent solo career. His early releases, No More Forever and Kist O’ Gold, concentrated on traditional material, while Coppers And Brass showcased guitar interpretations of Scottish and Irish dance music. However, it was the release of 1981’s Handful Of Earth that established Gaughan as a major force in contemporary folk. This politically charged album included the beautifully vitriolic ‘Worker’s Song’ and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ while at the same time scotched notions of...

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