Lincs: Richard Hawley has live date at the Baths Hall

Richard Hawley is live at the Baths Hall next month. Picture: Steve Gullick

Richard Hawley is live at the Baths Hall next month. Picture: Steve Gullick

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Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Richard Hawley is coming to the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe next month.

The tour comes on the back of the release of his eighth studio album Hollow Meadows, and is his longest UK tour in three years.

Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio, Hollow Meadows came out last September.

It sees Hawley return to the classic, sophisticated song-writing and subtle arrangements that made him so widely loved and revered in the first place as he meditates on such themes as ageing, fallibility and relationships.

Much of the album shares a brooding, yet wistful and romantic atmosphere in keeping with early albums Late Night Final and Lowedges, as well as touches of 2009’s Truelove’s Gutter and Standing At The Sky’s Edge.

A former member of indie band The Longpigs, Richard has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize twice and has collaborated with the likes of Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, the Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller and Scunthorpe’s own Martin Simpson.

Both Martin and Jarvis also appear on the new album, along side the likes of Nancy Kerr and the Hick Street Chip Shop Singers, who include Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor in their ranks.

Richard Hawley first found success in the 1990s with The Longpigs on singles like She Said, On and On, Far and Lost Myself and their debut album, The Sun is Often Out.

He then spent four years with Pulp (and also played with them again in 2011 and 2012) before embarking on what has become a successful solo career with his work receiving consistent high critical acclaim.

After Late Night Final (2001) and Lowedges (2003), his third album, Cole’s Corner (2005), made number 37 on the UK album chart and paved the way for the success that followed.

Cole’s Corner was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize but lost out to fellow Sheffield act Arctic Monkeys.

Lady’s Bridge (2007) made number six on the album charts and established Hawley as one of Britain’s premier solo singer-songwriters.

His next album, Truelove’s Gutter (2009) also made the top 20 in the UK, reaching number 17, and won that year’s Mojo Record of the Year award.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge (2012) then became his biggest success so far, raching number three and earning Hawley his second Mercury Prize nomination.

Hollow Meadows has also now reached the top 10 in the UK album charts.

Richard Hawley is at the Baths Hall on February 18 at 7pm.

Tickets are £25 on 0844 8542776 or www.bathshall.co.uk