Richard Hawley One of Sheffield’s most beloved sons. A South Yorkshire troubadour that still has the fire and skill to make you laugh and cry in the space of a couple of verses and a chorus. Richard Hawley takes to the stage to the haunting tones of Al Bowlly’s The Very Thought of You and from there the Sheffield audience, his audience, are enraptured and enchanted by a set that never strays too far from the spellbinding.


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Richard Hawley I met Richard Hawley years ago at the bar before a Nick Cave show I’d gone to on the spur of the moment. I didn’t know I’d met him until he appeared on stage as the support act for the night, but that’s where it all started for me. I loved every minute of that set, the 7 or 8 times I’ve seen since and every minute of tonight’s show in Holmfirth.


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Richard Hawley There couldn’t be a more befitting end to an 18-month long tour for Richard Hawley and his band than to play Sheffield’s City Hall. Sheffield’s much beloved son enthralled a sell-out crowd of dedicated fans, with a mixture of new songs dedicated to his children and well-known hits. Selling his own brand of Hendo’s (a local delicacy), it was clear that Richard Hawley was at home.


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Richard Hawley Richard Hawley takes to the stage and gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to the welcoming audience before playing the first of the evening's songs, Which Way, that is taken from his recent album, Hollow Meadows. From the outset, it is evident that this is going to be a special gig as the sound flowing through the venue has a richness rarely heard. Hawley draws the song to a close by using the head of his guitar to conduct the other four members of the band to ensure a clean finish before the reason for his cheerful mood is divulged. It turns out that Hawley's beloved Sheffield Wednesday are beating Arsenal 3 - 0 and his son is currently watching the match so he dedicates an older track, Tonight The Streets Are Ours, to him.


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Richard Hawley Richard Hawley’s gig at the HMV Institute tonight was a resounding success and he seemed genuinely surprised by the packed-out audience’s rapturous response. He declared that Birmingham was his favourite audience on the tour so far and said he would consider buying a holiday home in the city. He did then have second thoughts about the holiday home. And, of course, his view on audiences may well change when he plays at his next, sold-out, gig tomorrow, in his home city of Sheffield.


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