Richard Hawley concludes tour at Scarborough Spa on Thursday after In This City They Call You Love goes top five

Richard Hawley: Made in Sheffield, performing in Scarborough on Thursday. Picture: Dean Chalkley

RICHARD Hawley concludes his 13-date tour with the only Yorkshire gig at Scarborough Spa on Thursday night.

On the heels of his Olivier Award-winning Sheffield musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge opening a six-month West End run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the South Yorkshireman will be showcasing his May 31 album, In This City They Call You Love.

Released on BMG, the track listing is Two For His Heels; Have Love; Prism In Jeans; Heavy Rain; People; Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow; Deep Space; Deep Waters; I’ll Never Get Over You; Do I Really Need To Know?; When The Lights Go Out and ‘Tis Night.

Latest single Two For His Heels is a blues rumble reminiscent of Link Wray and Duane Eddy: a sparse, atmospheric and cinematic song about a deal that goes wrong.

The album title is derived from the lyrics for People, a hymn to his beloved home of Sheffield, the steel city’s proud industrial past and the enduring determination of its citizens.

Summing up his new material, Hawley, 57, says: “I’ve made three albums where I had the title before I’d even begun to record, where I had an agenda. One was Truelove’s Gutter. Another was Standing At The Sky’s Edge, when I wanted to turn everything up and make the music a lot more aggressive, and then this one.

“I wanted it to be multi-coloured in a way…focusing on the voice and what voices can do together. I deliberately only played a handful of guitar solos, to keep it focused on voices, the song and space.”

Two decades have elapsed since Hawley abandoned band life full-time, first withThe Longpigs  and then as  Pulp’s guitarist. Nine studio albums have ensued, along with film scores, a self-titled mini album and the 2023 compilation Now Then: The Very Best Of Richard Hawley, his fourth Top Ten album.

The cover artwork for Richard Hawley’s new album, In This City They Call You Love

In addition, he has worked with such collaborators asArctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, Elbow, Paul Weller, Duane Eddy (co-producing his 2011 album Road Trip), Nancy Sinatra and English folk royalty Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson on 2013’s Bright Phoebus Revisited tour.

In 2002, he co-wrote Clean for Robbie Williams’ debut solo album, Life Thru A Lens; in 2009, he wrote the smouldering ballad After The Rain for Shirley Bassey, and down the years he has performed with All Saints and Texas.

His song Tonight The Streets Are Ourswas featured inThe Simpsonsand Exit Through The Gift Shop: A Banksy Film and Hawley numbers have featured in television dramas Peaky Blinders, The Full Monty and Hijack.

Dear Alien (Who Art In Heaven), co-written with Jarvis Cocker and Wes Anderson for Anderson’s film Asteroid City, was shortlisted for Best Original Song in this year’s Oscars.

Premiered at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, the musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge combines 20 Hawley songs with a book by University of York-educated Chris Bush. Winner of Best New Musical and Best Original Score at the 2023 Olivier Awards, the show has moved to the Gillian Lynne Theatre after sold-out Crucible and National Theatre runs.

In 2023, Hawley played five shows with American musician John Grant, former frontman of The Czars, performing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline. 

In This City They Call You Love has become his sixth Top Ten album in a row, available on digipack CD, standard black vinyl, limited-edition transparent blue vinyl exclusive to HMV and indie stores and transparent yellow vinyl, on sale exclusively from the official store, 

Richard Hawley, supported by James Bagshaw, Scarborough Spa, June 20, 7.30pm. Also plays Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield, with The Coral and The Divine Comedy, on August 29. Box office: Scarborough,; Sheffield,

One Reply to “Richard Hawley concludes tour at Scarborough Spa on Thursday after In This City They Call You Love goes top five”

  1. An hour and a half to go, before we see you in Scarborough. We’ve travelled from Rivelin, Sheffield. It’s a birthday treat for ‘Brookie the Blade’. Excited!! 😜

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