Richard Hawley (born 17.1.1967) Richard Hawley is a British singer-songwriter and music producer. He first found fame as a member of the 1990s Britpop band Longpigs. He then found greater notoriety, however, as a solo artist and has released six solo albums.
Longpigs: Richard Hawley played guitar for the Sheffield band Longpigs. The other members of the band were Crispin Hunt on vocals, Simon Stafford on bass and Dee Boyle on drums. Boyle was formerly a member of Cabaret Voltaire.
Longpigs first found success with the release of their single 'She Said', which received extensive radio airplay from the likes of Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq. The band's debut album, The Sun Is Often Out was released in 1996 and was well received. In their early days, they supported bands such as Supergrass, Echobelly and Radiohead.
In 1997, Longpigs toured America with Echo and the Bunnymen and Dandy Warhols, as well as opening for U2 on their PopMart world tour.
The band's popularity declined after the release of their second album, Mobile Home.
Life after Longpigs / Solo Career: After the demise of Longpigs, Hawley played guitar on tour with Pulp. It was a meeting at his house with Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey of Pulp that led Richard Hawley to launch a solo career. As a result of their encouragement, Hawley recorded his first solo release - a self-titled mini-album.
In 2001, Richard Hawley released Late Night Final, to great acclaim, if not the sales to match. Two years later, Lowedges was released. The album received a great deal of praise from publications such as NME and also topped an end-of-year poll conducted for Virgin Radio. Soon, he was cited by other popular acts such as R.E.M and Coldplay as a talented contemporary songwriter.
Richard Hawley's fourth release, Coles Corner, was initially delayed, due to legal problems, after he had signed to Mute Records (part of EMI). Coles Corner was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize. When Arctic Monkeys won the prize, their lead singer, Alex Turner, said "Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed."
The theme of referencing his hometown of Sheffield in his album titles continued with his next release, entitled Lady's Bridge, which is a bridge in the centre of the city. Amongst the merchandising that Hawley sold on his promotional tour were special edition bottles of Henderson's Relish (a vegetarian alternative to Worcester Sauce, which is made in Sheffield).
Richard Hawley was nominated for a BRIT Award, in the Best British Male Performer character.
His sixth studio album, Truelove's Gutter was released in September 2009.
Hawley has collaborated with a number of artists during his career, including Hank Marvin and Jarvis Cocker (and Jarvis' post-Pulp project Relaxed Muscle). He also played the guitar solo on the cover of Red Hot Chilli Peppers' 'Under The Bridge', that was released by All Saints. He also co-wrote 'Clean', a song on Robbie Williams' debut album Life Thru A Lens. He contributed to Nancy Sinatra's 2004 album, entitled Nancy Sinatra. He subsequently toured with her in 2005. On Elbow's 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid, Richard Hawley can be heard singing and playing guitar on 'The Fix'.
Richard Hawley auditioned to be a guitarist in Morrissey's band, but lost out after singing an Elvis Presley song during the audition. Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, sang onstage with Richard Hawley on a song called 'Weary'.
Hawley is staunchly proud of his working-class Sheffield roots and is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday football club.
Richard Hawley at the 2018 British Soap Awards held at the Hackney Empire in London. This year, six awards went to 'Coronation Street', with 'EastEnders' winning three, 'Emmerdale' taking home two, 'Hollyoaks' landing four and 'Doctors' also winning two - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 2nd June 2018
Richard Hawley - Celebrities arrive at Keep C.A.L.M we are a man down. A night of Comedy in aid of C.A.L.M (campaign against living miserably) at the Comedy Store , Manchester. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 25th April 2016
Richard Hawley - The Funeral Of Tony Warren. The scriptwriter, best know for creating 'Coronation Street', is laid to rest at Manchester Cathedral - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 18th March 2016
Steel guitar strings are available once again to British prison inmates
Musical campaigners have successfully reversed a ban that had prevented inmates of British prisons from being able to use steel strings on guitars.
Billy Bragg had led the campaign to reverse the steel guitar string ban in British prisons
The ban had meant that the only strings available to inmates were nylon ones, used primarily for classical and Spanish styles and largely unsuitable for steel-strung acoustic guitars due to the way that they’re attached. But now steel strings will be available again, to be paid for out of prisoners’ wages and earned on a privileges basis at the discretion of individual governors.
Continue reading: Musicians Succeed In Reversing Prison Guitar String Ban
We'll see you in line at this year's Record Store Day, bigger and better than ever.
The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.
Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.
2013 was another successful year for Camp Bestival with performances from the likes of The Proclaimers, Richard Hawley, Grandmaster Flash and Billy Bragg.
Richard Hawley plays one of his many splendid guitars.
Camp Bestival 2013 took over the weekend (August 2nd - 4th) at Lulworth Castle in Dorset last week, with some superb live headline and DJ sets each day.
It was an eclectic line-up of artists both legendary and newly emerging and ranging from the underground cult favourites to the more chartworthy pop stars. Richard Hawley, formerly of Britpop band Longpigs and Pulp, played an awesome headline set on day one with an array of different electric guitars. He shared the stage with 'I'm Gonne Be (500 Miles)' hitmakers The Proclaimers as well as reggae veteran Max Romeo, Manchester trio I Am Kloot and folk punk activist Billy Bragg.
Doing little to dispel their image as white, middle class indie kids, Alt-J pointed out in their acceptance speech at the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize that the £20,000 that they won could go towards paying off their student loans. And taking their parents out to dinner. Somehow, you couldn’t imagine Plan B, or Richard Hawley making the same references if they’d won the title.
We’re not entirely convinced by the band’s assertion that they hadn’t thought to prepare for winning the award. As they took to the stage, they said “wow, we literally haven’t prepared for this.” Which shows a gross lack of time management skills, then, given that they have been hailed as the favourites for the award for weeks now and managed to fend of competition from Richard Hawley in the bookies’ odds. By their own admission, they had been tipped as favourites to win before the shortlist even came out. The band decided against naming the people that they wanted to thank, but chose to acknowledge everyone in “team Alt-J,” instead.
Whilst Alt-J are understandably revelling in the praise that has been heaped upon them, for fighting off competition from the likes of Jessie Ware, Plan B and Richard Hawley, one man has taken to Twitter to reveal how Alt-J allegedly tried to prevent him from reviewing their gig, to avoid him publishing a negative reaction. The latest post on the matter, from The Independent’s music critic Simon Price (@simon_price01) reads “Ironically, the call about being banned from the @Alt_J gig came just after I'd been lecturing Solent uni kids about editorial independence.”
The winner of this year's Mercury Music Prize will be announced at a ceremony in London tonight, with British indie pop quartet Alt-J the bookies favourite at 6/4. However, an interesting market mover has sent tongues wagging as to the possibility of an outsider scooping the £20,000 prize.
When the nominations were first announced SkyBet had Sunderland rockers Field Music at 14/1 for their fifth album Plumb, though today, just hours before the ceremony, the band's odds have more than halved to 6/1. That puts them third favourites behind Alt J and Richard Hawley and Field Music are now shorter than Jessie Ware's record Devotion, which has been quietly tipped for the prize. Early favourite Plan B has drifted out to 9/1, while Django Django have also drifted to 8/1. Reacting to a wave of support on their Twitter page today, Field Music told followers, "Thanks everyone for all the kind wishes. Whatever happens we're going to have a right laugh and maybe even a few shandies." Late market movers can often suggest information has leaked out, so if Field Music's odds go any shorter, we suggest sticking your money on! Odds aggregating website Oddschecker.com has obviously noted the market move, tweeting, "Field Music are the big mover ahead of tonight's Mercury Award, 10/1 tops and cut across the board."
Lauren Laverne and Nick Grimshaw will host coverage of the Mercury Prize, which begins at 9.45pm tonight on 4Music.
Continue reading: Mercury Music Prize: Field Music's Odds Plummet As Ceremony Looms
As the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012 draws near, we have a look at the shortlist and the likelihood of each act actually walking away with the prize. There’s no such thing as a done deal when it comes to the Mercury Music Prize; the ones that you think are the favourites never seem to walk away the title, the judging panel is very hard to second guess. But hey, that’s not going to stop us giving it a try!
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
These quirky popsters have crept up on the public throughout 2012, and with their debut album garnering critical acclaim in all corners of the press, they’ve been pegged by many as the favourites to win. A recent survey conducted by Spotify showed that Alt-J’s tracks had been streamed more times that any other nominated artist. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to walk home with the prize though.
Continue reading: Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012: Our Predictions
Arctic Monkeys' have released the video for the song You And I, the B-side to their most recent single, Black Treacle, which was released on January 23rd 2012. To promote the release of their single, the band will be performing the song in the BBC's Live Lounge on January 25th, as well as the Jonathan Ross show on the 28th January 2012. The track was recorded and produced by Ross Orton who's worked with M.I.A, Roots Manuva and The Fall.
Date of birth
17th January, 1967
@gdfellows @chrisdifford @SensoriaFest A brilliant night indeed! Thank you for participating!
Tonight the 3 Ring Circus rolls back in to Sheffield! Richard Hawley, @chrisdifford (joined by @boohewerdine !) and… https://t.co/qA5OuUeTuy
RT @outpromotion: Here's a heads-up on a show you won't want to miss that's coming in October... Richard Hawley telling Chris Hawkins the s…
Tickets for the 3 Ring Circus at Upper Chapel this Friday 28th September have nearly sold out. Which is your prefer… https://t.co/fHWplmbr0Y
Excited to announce the 3rd annual ‘3 Ring Circus’ in Sheffield in association with @SensoriaFest! Richard will be… https://t.co/dPnML3cL12
Richard's 2017 and 2008 performances at the Devil's Arse Cave in Derbyshire, recorded by @LHN_Recording, are now av… https://t.co/jcOXKBIvyj
RT @owl4life1867: Hey @swfc I’m trying to get in contact with the dad and son in this pic for the “All Wednesday” documentary. Can you plea…
@SkyArts Thursday 3rd May 9 pm: Urban Myths: The Dali and The Cooper. Starring: David Suchet, Noel Feilding, Sheila… https://t.co/3KW1PYoZlf
Listen to @BBCRadio4 Tues 1 May at 11:30 am- 'Instrument Makers": Richard and Martin Simpson @msimpsonian take a tr… https://t.co/FcV1o1Cg99
FUNNY COW is out on general release this Friday April 20th! Starring @MPeakeOfficial & @PaddyConsidine, written by… https://t.co/Y2fYpCKFyT
Hawley recommends: "Let's Hear It For The Trees" this Sunday April 22nd at Crookes Social Club- a great evening of… https://t.co/LpYq5BlN0K
Tickets for Standing At The Sky's Edge, The Musical, go on general sale tomorrow, Saturday 24th March at 10 am. https://t.co/jkjGgxJ4MO
17,500 trees = half of Sheffield's Street Trees are earmarked for the chop. Nearly 6,000 already gone. Please read,… https://t.co/BtYoqFCLIL
Back in the mists of time Richard recorded a BBC show called The Ocean, travelling the coasts of Britain, and talki… https://t.co/MU5atXiVpr
FUNNY COW is in cinemas April 20. Starring @MPeakeOfficial & @PaddyConsidine, written by @thetonypitts, directed by… https://t.co/ngsAwtxJrG
Please read, sign and share this petition. We need to put pressure on Sheffield City Council to face up to their re… https://t.co/soj6G7Pmuu
Standing At The Sky's Edge, the musical, will run at the @crucibletheatre in Sheffield from 14 March to 6 April 201… https://t.co/RIjDco938d
RT @themet: NEWS! Richard Hawley is to perform a second intimate gig at The Met on Sunday 4 February as part of Independent Venue Week.…
Richard will be playing an acoustic show at @themet Bury on Feb 3rd for Independent Venue Week @IVW_UK . Tickets an… https://t.co/17lRw2kMRq