CHARLIE Parr and Ed Dowie's concert on Tuesday (March 6) in York is on the move from The Basement at City Screen to The Crescent community venue now that Richard Dawson is joining the 7.30pm bill co-promoted by Please Please You and Let's Go Baboon!.

"All three acts released incredible albums in 2017 with Richard's remarkable record Peasant in the year's top ten in Norman Records, Uncut, The Quietus and more. This is a gig not to be missed," say Let's Go Baboon.

Guitarist and singer Charlie Parr, from Duluth, Minnesota, released his 14th studio album, Dog, last February on Red House Records having spent most of his years working with the homeless throughout the Northern Minnesota region, while playing shows at night.

"I want my son to have this when I'm gone," Parr sings ten seconds into the opening song, Hobo, after grappling with "some really, really bad depression problems over the last couple years". "I've been trying to get fit, trying not to drink so much, trying not to do the rock'n'roll guy thing," he says.

"And then I got depressed. Really depressed. And to me, depression feels like there's me, and then there's this kind of hazy fog of rancid Jello all around me, that you can't feel your way out of. And then there's this really, really horrible third thing, this impulsive thing, that doesn't feel like it's me or my depression. It feels like it's coming from outside somewhere. And it's the thing that comes on you all of a sudden, and it's the voice of suicide, it's the voice of 'quit'.

"These songs have all kind of come out of that. Especially songs like Salt Water and Dog; they really came heavily out of just being depressed, and having to say something about it."

Parr will be playing York for a second time, after a "great night" at the Fulford Arms a couple of years ago. "I'll be playing solo, like I also do back in the States, though I occasionally play there with percussion, but my jumping-off point is the guitar, and for this tour I have a 12-string guitar that I've modified to play as a slide guitar," he says.

His guitars will be with him but not his dog, left back home. "I have a dog, her name is Ruby but I call her Ruben, and we go for these long, crazy, chaotic walks," Charlie says. "Because I decided a long time ago that I get along really well with this dog, and I was taking her for walks, and she wanted to go this way, and I wanted to go that way. And then I thought, why are we going to go this way and not that way? Maybe I should be the one getting walked. Maybe I'll learn something. So I follow the dog."

On such songs as Dog and Another Dog, Parr contemplates the way dogs interact with humans and the outside world. "With depression, it's important to me to have companions, and dogs have always been part of my life since I was born. I've learned from these relationships and I've learned that my perspective is not the most important. I've learned that I don't have control over as much as I thought I did, and once I let go of that, I realise I never had control and don't get stressed about that," he says.

Dog is Parr's most personal record to date, addressing issues of mental health, existential examinations of the soul and the purpose of life. "While it's nice to talk about them, it's not been therapeutic, and when I'm on the road I don't have options for therapy, though I've not been in therapy for some time," he says. "Music is not a cure-all for all that's going on, so I eat well and exercise, but making music is something I don't think I could live without."

Tickets for Richard Dawson, Charlie Parr and Ed Dowie's Tuesday triple bill cost £15 in person from The Crescent, Earworm Records in York and Jumbo Records in Leeds or online from