Richard Hawley

on Sunday, July 23, 2006
Sheffield's Richard Hawley is apparently the punter's tip for the Nationwide Music Prize 2006 with his third solo album, 'Coles Corner'.

The betting on the ex-member of Britpop outfit The Longpigs has been so strong that his odds have halved from 8/1 to 4/1 on betting giants Ladbrokes. Arctic Monkeys remain favourites however at 5/2.

Before embarking on a solo career, Hawley was asked by Jarvis Cocker to play with Pulp and was a touring member in the late 90's. He hasn't been above the odd session work either; he's worked with Robbie Williams, played guitar on the All Saints cover of 'Under The Bridge' and worked on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet. Respec'.

“The first Briton in years to recognise the genius of the 50’s production from Sun studios without resorting to pastiche … he croons like an angel … watch out for this man.” The Independent
I admit to not having listened to the majority of Hawley's work but he put in a stellar performance on Later With Jools Holland last year. Here's the track he played, nicked off Mr Red Penguin's blog (link) bloody ages ago.

Richard Hawley - Just Like The Rain (Live On Later With...)

Hear some of 'Coles Corner' here then buy it if you wish from HMV (link).

Richard Hawley is also playing live at a handful of festivals over the summer, see his website (link) for more details.

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