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The Tragedy of Dirk Munro: The Tragedy of…
The Tragedy of Dirk Munro: Dirk Munro


Munro’s story explores history, family, legacy, memory, myth… huge in ambition and impressive in execution.

Record Collector

In the Ray Davies/Damon Albarn tradition of ambitious, sussed [English] concept albums… tunes with melancholic and troublesome undertones.

Planet Rock

A concept album of folk rock, psych, orchestral pop, chanson, loungecore and spoken-word – it’s screaming out to be taken to the West End stage.
The Tragedy Of Dirk Munro is the first album by Gilbert-Williamson – a collective formed by writer Pat Gilbert and producer/arranger Mike Williamson – and tells the story of an English actor who achieved success in Hollywood in the 1960s and ’70s, before falling foul of drugs, alcohol, sexual uncertainties, the pain of losing loved ones and, inevitably, the changing tides of public taste and fashion.
Orchestral pop, easy listening, spoken-word, LSD party music, chanson, wonky waltzes and folk-rock all play a part in unravelling Dirk’s cautionary and often tantalisingly misty tale. You’ll find hints of ’70s theatrical Kinks albums, Lou Reed, Curt Boettcher, David Bowie, Arthur Lee, Mel Henke, Edwyn Collins, Roddy Frame, John Barry, Serge Gainsbourg and Damon Albarn on the record (many of Dirk’s own favourites, in fact), though the overall flavour is all the album’s own – classic-sounding rather than retro, modern but with an vintage, peppery twist.
The Tragedy of Dirk Munro LP and sleeves stack

“People have asked me who Dirk Munro is, but I’m not entirely sure,” says Gilbert, who pieced together the 10 songs from unfinished fragments he’d written after his father died two decades ago, numbers destined for his ’00s punk group Night Of Treason’s unrecorded second album, and more recent compositions that bubbled to the surface after Dirk had come to him in a dream three years ago. “I think it’s the life experience of a lot of people, perhaps more specifically a certain older generation’s, but filtered through a character who might feel familiar with from watching ’60s and ’70s British and US movies and cult TV series.”

Track listing


“All the nice girls like a sailor”
Dirk Munro
Going Back To Washington
The Lone Ranger
A Voice On The Radio

Running time  |  18 mins


“If I were to be honest…”
Let’s Be Good To One Another
The People Have Spoken
Why Do The Mornings Come So Soon?
The Garden Of The Angel

Running time  |  20 mins

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‘The Tragedy Of Dirk Munro’ is available as a limited edition 180-gram vinyl LP for £20 including UK P&P.

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