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A hospital for the stressed, a cathedral for the spiritual; review of @RichardHawley at Manchester Academy

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REVIEW – Richard Hawley with Lisa Hannigan, Manchester Academy, 26th September 2012.

My review of Richard Hawley‘s show at the Manchester Academy last week, is now available to view on eGigs website:

‘…forests and woods are nature’s playground for the adventurous, museum for
the curious, hospital for the stressed and cathedral for the spiritual.’ In the
same manner, the Panel could so easily have been referring to Hawley and the
cathartic properties his music bestows upon an audience.

To read the full review, please click here:

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October 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

Sure to be typically striking and majestic; Richard Hawley’s new album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’

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Richard Hawley has announced details of his latest album ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge.’ The nine-track record will be released on May 7th, 2012 and is his first for his new record label, Parlophone.

The album is the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ which I found particularly haunting and beautiful. His latest effort however, will be markedly different as he has been quoted as saying that:

I wanted to get away from the orchestration of my previous records and make a live album with two guitars, bass, drums and rocket noises!”


Regardless of the shift in tone, I fully expect Hawley’s new record to be equally as striking and majestic. With vocals like these, how could he go wrong? No tracks have been released as yet, so I wait (not so) patiently and with much excitement.

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March 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

The stuff of dreams; Lisa Hannigan and Richard Hawley live

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Lisa Hannigan; performing in a church, in Dingle, County Kerry. To me, this is merely the stuff of dreams; to our western Irish friends this is quite the reality, as acclaimed live music show ‘Other Voices’ continues to achieve great things on RTE Television…if only the channel could be included somewhere on the seemingly endless array of Sky TV packages. I’d gladly trade it for Sky Atlantic.

Both Hannigan and Dingle have a special place in my shamrock-shaped heart, so to stumble across this Christmastime recording this morning was a pure delight. I am also a great admirer of the captivating Richard Hawley and you will see why when you watch the two clips below. Never was there a more apt track for him to perform than ‘Hushabye Mountain‘; you will no doubt recall the song best from the children’s classic feature film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, were it was performed rather poignantly by the equally wonderful Dick Van Dyke. I’ve always loved the song and used to sing it to my sister when she was little, though I had to fluff a few of the lyrics because I was around ten at the time and couldn’t remember them all. It has such fairytale connotations and literally lulls you to sleep; in a good way!

The previous blog piece I wrote was about another of my favourite songs, ‘Moon River‘, which Hannigan and Hawley perform here just magically…if I’m able to pre-book, I’d like to request a live rendition of this very performance at the pearly gates when my time on this mortal plane is completed. Hopefully this is in many, many years to come as I actually have a couple of years on Hannigan and wouldn’t wish any harm to come to one hair on her beautiful Irish head.

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March 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist; hooray for Folk!

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2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – shortlist announced today (July 20th, 2010)

Well the Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced today and I am delighted to see 3 folk artists/bands in the line-up; those being Laura Marling’s ‘I Speak Because I Can’, Villagers’ ‘Becoming a Jackal’ and Mumford & Sons’ ‘Sigh No More.’ The full list is below:

Biffy Clyro, ‘Only Revolutions’

I Am Kloot, ‘Sky At Night’

Dizzee Rascal, ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’

Paul Weller, ‘Wake Up the Nation’

Corinne Bailey Rae, ‘The Sea’

The xx, ‘xx’

Villagers, ‘Becoming a Jackal’

Kit Downes Trio, ‘Golden’

Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’

Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’

Wild Beasts, ‘Two Dancers’

Mumford & Sons, ‘Sigh No More’

With a talent for poetry and lyricism far beyond her tender 20 years; Laura Marling is well respected in both folk and wider contemporary circles. This, her second album, was released in March 2010 and peaked at number 4 in the Official UK Chart and number 1 on the iTunes UK Chart. The album has produced two singles thus far; those being ‘Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) and ‘Devil’s Spoke.’ These just happen to also be two of my favourite tracks from a genuinely striking and sublime record.

Villagers are an Irish indie-folk band, hailing from Malahide in Dublin. This, their debut album, was released in May 2010 and immediately topped the Irish Albums Chart and the Irish Indie Albums Chart. Lead singer Conor J. O’Brien is widely respected and lauded for his songwriting, musicality and influence amongst his peers. O’Brien’s music has been described as drawing inspiration from dark imagery and by romanticising the mundane aspects of life. Definitely a wordsmith to note for the future.

I think most people will have heard of Mumford & Sons at this point; regardless of whether they happen to be a fan of folk music. This, their debut studio album, was released in October 2009, peaking at number 6 in the Official UK Charts in July 2010. The album has since been certified Platinum in the UK and has produced the following hit singles, ‘Little Lion Man’, ‘Winter Winds’, ‘The Cave’ and ‘Roll Away Your Stone.’ Continuously sold out shows confirm the band’s popularity both at home and abroad. I would be surprised if this band weren’t judged to be in the top 3 of those shortlisted; but then again, I fear other factors come in to play with these commercial prize-giving ceremonies; I still haven’t got over Lisa Hannigan not walking away with the award for ‘Sea Sew’ last year.

Still, us folk fans can dream and hope, hope and dream; I think these three are worthy winners but would like to have also seen Richard Hawley’s ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ and Noah and the Whale’s ‘The First Days of Spring’ nominated. But, you can’t have everything.

Richard Hawley, ‘Truelove’s Gutter’

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I’ve been listening to the soothing sounds of Richard Hawley’s latest album today, ‘Truelove’s Gutter.’

Hawley, for me, is in the same league as such sublime singer-songwriters as Elvis Costello and Badly Drawn Boy. They each possess a vocal quality which has the ability to keep you rooted to the spot, not wanting to miss a single note as the cares of the day are slowly washed away.

The most recognisable track on the album would be ‘Open Up Your Door’ , which; like so many other great melodies these days, is featured on a tv advertisement. I also really like ‘Remorse Code’ and ‘Soldier On.’ I saw Hawley on the Justin Lee Collins show a couple of months ago and he came across as a top gent; polite, unassuming and devoid of bravado.

He is such a talented songwriter, I find his lyrics breathtaking; almost like he’s recalling personal experiences and reading straight from his own diary. Not a limerick put to a melody in sight.

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June 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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