Based in Leicester, UK for over twenty years,
Dawson Smith is originally from South Wales and has a well earned
reputation for fronting great bands and rockin' venues all over the UK and
beyond. Dawson first made his name as the frontman / songwriter of blues
rockers The Healers during the 90's.
Following The Healers split, Dawson recorded two successful solo albums,
Valley Boy (2002) and The River Road (2005). Plenty of gigging followed,
playing with a flexible band line up. In 2005 Dawson put together THE
DISSENTERS with the intention of forming his dream 'road band' able to
deliver the type of drivin' swamp blues, roots and Americana bar room rock &
roll that has always been the backdrop to Dawson's distinctive songs. Now
there is a new album on the way: 'Took The Night' is a collection of 11
brand new Dawson songs, recorded with The Dissenters and a host of guest
musicians, and tonight celebrates its launch. Special guests making an
appearance and featuring on the album include Sally Barker, Mick Ridgway,
Lee Spreadbury, Caroline O'Donnell, Talulah Blue, Gaz Birtles and the
Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin'
live band and always provide a great night out. Expect hard-rocking bar room
blues and some classic rock 'n' roll, courtesy of his band the Dissenters,
featuring the red hot Howard Smith on lead and slide guitar, Steve Cooke on
bass and Graham Summers on drums.