Richard Peter Gaughan usually known as Dick Gaughan (born 17 May 1948, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs.

He has been making music most of his life, with his first LP dating back to 1972 since which time he has released at least 26 records either as a solo artist, as part of a fully-fledged band or in collaboration with other performers.

His is a style of music with which I’m not too familiar and indeed although I had heard his name mentioned many a time over the years as someone who was incredibly important and influential in the story of modern music in Scotland, the first I ever knowingly heard anything he had been involved in was when Billy Bragg covered his song Think Again on the Help Save The Youth of America EP in 1987 and then again three years later when the two of them worked together on the recording of The Red Flag for Billy’s LP The Internationale LP.

I finally saw and heard Dick Gaughan many years later, and again it was courtesy of Billy Bragg as the two of them co-headlined on a gig at the annual Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow in January 1997. There were a few left-wing anthems such loudly that night……

Drew who of course writes so brilliantly at From Across The Kitchen Table is an admirer of Dick Gaughan and it is from his place that I first heard and downloaded this song:-

mp3 : Dick Gaughan – No Gods and Precious Few Heroes (live)

It’s not a Gaughan original – the words and lyrics are by Brian McNeill.

If you like the sound of today’s featured artist and want to find out more, I think his official website is the perfect place to start.



  1. Love Dick Gaughan. Unfortunately he has not been too well recently. I have witnessed him live on quit a few occasions and he has never been anything short of excellent. Let’s hope he makes a full recovery.
    You should check out Why Old Men Cry and the song that should be our National anthem not that backwards looking Flower of Scotland but The Freedom Come-All-Ye.

  2. I’m also a Dick Gaughan admirer
    Surprised to see he was born in Glasgow
    I had him down as a through and through Leither
    As Drew says hope his health improves soon

  3. I don’t know his music really well though he is a firm favourite of my uncle’s. however, I came up on Spotify shuffle and I was deeply moved. The song that moved was called ‘Why Old Men Cry’.

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