Richard Hawley’s new album Hollow Meadows and live dates announced (Nov 15)

Posted on 9 July 2015
By Khyle Deen
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Following the announcement of his eighth studio album HOLLOW MEADOWS, on October 25th Richard Hawley will undertake a 13-date tour of the UK and Ireland. This will be his longest UK tour in three years and include his largest ever Sheffield show, when he plays his first hometown show in over two years, at Sheffield Arena on November 6th.


Sun 25th Brighton Dome
Mon 26th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tue 27th Birmingham Institute
Wed 28th Scarborough Spa – Grand Hall
Fri 30th Dublin Vicar Street


Sun 1st Leeds O2 Academy*
Mon 2nd Manchester Albert Hall
Tue 3rd Gateshead Sage
Thu 5th Glasgow Barrowland
Fri 6th Sheffield Arena – Steel Hall
Sun 8th London Roundhouse
Mon 9th Bristol Colston Hall
Tue 10th Southampton O2 Guildhall

All shows on sale now, bar:
– Southampton: on general sale at 9am on Saturday, 11th July.
– Leeds and Manchester on general sale at 9.30am on Saturday, 11th July. *

The tour will be in support of Hawley’s new album HOLLOW MEADOWS, which will be released via Parlophone Records on September 11th. Recorded at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studio in spring 2015, HOLLOW MEADOWS sees 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 and Standing At The Sky’s Edge.
You can listen to ‘Which Way’, the first track to debut from the album in the side bar.

For the first time ever, Hawley demoed the songs in his shed studio (‘Disgracelands’) with his long-time guitarist and confidant, Shez Sheridan (who also co-produced the album with Hawley and Colin Elliot). This allowed him to enter the studio with fully realised songs, and many of those original demos were so strong, they form part of the finished album, including the vocal to the sublime opening track, ‘I Still Want You’ – Hawley at his most vulnerable and romantic, with one of those choruses that only Hawley seems capable of writing, like a ballroom spotlight on a glitterball.

The album features some notable guests from the UK folk scene, Hawley’s neighbour and friend Martin Simpson, and Nancy Kerr. Other guests include one of Hawley’s oldest and dearest friends, Jarvis Cocker, 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 Hawley as ever written and recorded. It will further cement his reputation as one of Britain’s greatest songwriters of the past 15 years. The album will be available on CD, digital download and gatefold double vinyl.