Promoting the release of his 8th studio album ‘Hollow Meadows‘, Richard Hawley has officially confirmed a return to Ireland in 2015 with a Vicar Street Dublin headline show scheduled for October! In association with Aiken Promotions, Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Richard Hawley will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Friday the 30th of October 2015. Tickets for Richard Hawley live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €33.50 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Richard Hawley live at Vicar Street in Dublin this coming October 2015.
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Following the success of his hugely acclaimed 2012 LP, ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge‘, Richard Hawley will release his eighth studio album, ‘Hollow Meadows‘ on September 11th 2015 via Parlophone Records.
Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in spring 2015, ‘Hollow Meadows‘ sees Richard Hawley return to the classic, sophisticated songwriting and subtle arrangements that made him so widely loved and revered in the first place. Meditating 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 (‘Nothing Like A Friend’)‘ and ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ (‘Which Way’, ‘Welcome The Sun’).
In the world of ‘Hollow Meadows‘, everything seems to feed into Hawley’s uniquely earthy strain of mysticism. All roads seem to lead back to the same place – literally in the case of the album’s title. In keeping with the tradition of previous albums, which all allude to places in and around Sheffield, Richard Hawley alighted on the name Hollow Meadows which was thought to be the location of a hospital that existed as recently as the 1950′s. In fact, further research yielded that the area was originally known as Auley Meadows – a name thought to derive from the Hawley family who lived there between the 14th and 17th Century.
The album features some notable guests from the UK folk scene; Hawley’s neighbour and friend Martin Simpson, who plays slide guitar and banjo on ‘Long Time Down’, and Nancy Kerr, who plays fiddle and viola on ‘The World Looks Down‘, ‘I Still Want You‘ and ‘Nothing Like A Friend‘. There is also a song inspired in part by Hawley’s friendship with the iconic folk singer Norma Waterson (‘Heart Of Oak‘). Other guests include one of Hawley’s oldest and dearest friends, Jarvis Cocker who plays Rheem Kee super bass on ‘Nothing Like A Friend‘, and the Hick Street Chip Shop Singers, who are made up of various Sheffield luminaires, including Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor.
‘Hollow Meadows‘ is an album full of exceptional songwriting, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and some of the finest lyrics and vocals Richard Hawley as ever written and recorded. It will further cement his reputation as one of Britain’s greatest songwriters of the past 15 years.
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