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.
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
The Mercury Prize is set to be awarded tomorrow (1st Nov. 2012), and true to form and tradition, many of the artists in the nomination lists are ones that you may never have heard, or even heard of. As such, we thought it'd be useful to give you a brief breakdown of three acts topping the list of favourites, Alt-J, Richard Hawley and Jessie Ware.
Jessie Ware's album 'Devotion' is nominated and 3rd in the favourites. Ware used to be a vocalist with drum and base act SBTRKT. Some of that synthy influence can be heard in this album, but the vocals hark back to the '80s and early '90s, though with her own twee stamp.
Richard Hawley comes in second. He was originally in the Britpop band Longpigs and also played with Pulp for a few years before launching his solo career. He's nominated for his whimsically titled album 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'. Despite that whimsy, he has described this album as 'angry', to the Guardian. The guitars and vocals are verging on gritty, but angry? Not quite.
Continue reading: A Brief Run Down of The Mercury Prize Favourites
This Thursday (November 1, 2012), the winner of the Mercury Music will be announced. As a precursor to the official event, Spotify have taken a look at the streaming figures for all of the nominees, on their online streaming service and Alt-J have attracted more listeners than any of the other Mercury Music Prize nominees.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mercury judging panel will have the same taste as Spotify’s listeners and Alt-J face fierce competition, even if they have pretty much been tipped as likely winners since the list was announced. Jessie Ware’s another newcomer with a strong chance, as is Lianne La Havas. Plan B and Richard Hawley are among the more experienced artists in there that also stand a strong chance. You should never count on the obvious choice when it comes to the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize, after all. Remember the year that Dizzee Rascal won? How many of you saw that one coming?
Even Alt-J aren’t counting their chickens just yet. The band’s drummer Thom Green placed his expectations of the band winning the prize at a lowly 8.3% and admitted “We’d been tipped to win before we’d even been nominated, so the pressure was on.” A spokesperson for Spotify, Will Hope, said “We can't predict who the judges will pick to win this Thursday's Mercury Prize, but if it were up to music fans on Spotify, Alt-J would be the band picking up the award. Ben Howard is a close second based on recent streaming habits we've seen. We wish all nominees the best of luck!”