Fri 8th May @ 7:00 pm
2019 was a landmark year for songwriter Richard Hawley. His ninth studio album, Further, achieved his joint highest chart entry at number 3. He has also co-created a musical based on a collection of his songs, which recently won the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best Musical’ following a run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre which was seen by over 26,000 people. Then there’s also the small matter of the man celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a solo artist – something that he views with his customary sense of bluff realism.
In the two decades that have elapsed since Hawley jettisoned band life, first with The Longpigs and then as Pulp’s guitarist, the 52-year-old songwriter has forged one of the most singular and diverse careers in modern music. As well as releasing a string of solo albums that have managed the rare feat of being both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Hawley has worked with a host of impressive collaborators – such as Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, Elbow, Texas and Paul Weller, alongside personal heroes that include U.S guitarist Duane Eddy (his 2011 album, Road Trip, was co-produced by Richard), Shirley Bassey (for whom he wrote the smouldering ballad, After The Rain, in 2009), Nancy Sinatra, Lisa Marie Presley and British folk royalty Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson (he was an integral part of 2013’s Bright Phoebus Revisited tour). There are also bona fide pop stars such as Robbie Williams, All Saints and Texas, all of whom Hawley has played within differing capacities down the years. Also, his song Tonight The Streets Are Ours was featured in The Simpsons and Exit Through The Gift Shop: A Banksy Film.
His ability to cut across styles, time and, in some instances, place, is down to Hawley’s deep and intuitive understanding of music itself, his grounding stemming back to his childhood when his father, a musician himself, introduced Richard to country, blues and rock’n’roll.
This special show is brought to you as part of the FOCUS Wales 2020 festival, taking place across Wrexham over the 7-9th May. Please note that this show can also be accessed on a first come first serve basis with a festival wristband. For more information, and to purchase a festival wristband, visit www.focuswales.com