New album Further, released in May, marks a departure for Hawley who has, to date, named all his albums after Sheffield icons or landmarks. Challenging himself to keep things relatively up-tempo and keep the songs to about three minutes long, Further is quite possibly his most forthright album to date, clocking in at under forty minutes.

Opening track, the thunderous, Rickenbacker thrasher Off My Mind, sets the album’s direct tone. Other songs that display similar swagger include the Glam stomp of Alone, the outlaw tale that is Galley Girl and the album’s centrepiece, the grungey Is There A Pill.

Tender moments come in the form of the sumptuous ballads, the beautiful yet simple Emilina Says, the yearning Midnight Train and album closer, Doors. All features Hawley’s rich baritone and gift for writing the type of heartfelt songs that have made him the revered songwriter he is today.

My Little Treasures, a song based on the deep personal experience of encountering two of his father’s oldest friends following the latter’s death in 2007 has taken Hawley twelve years to record, and is not only one of the album’s standout tracks, but also the centrepiece of the hugely successful musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge (the musical that bears the name of Hawley’s sixth studio album), which recently finished its sold-out run at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.

Featuring twenty Hawley songs (including three from the new album), the musical chronicles the life of three families who live on the city’s Park Hill estate across three generations. It is a local story that covers global issues. Receiving across the board acclaim, awarded four stars in The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and Metro, it is the most successful musical at the Crucible since it opened in 1948.

It continues Hawley’s journey beyond pure musical performance and into the world of stage and screen, something which he has begun with his increasing soundtrack work on films such as 2018’s Funny Cow (starring Maxine Peake) and Denmark (starring Rafe Spall).

TOUR DATES 2019

October

Date Venue
Wed 2nd O2 Academy Bristol
Thu 3rd Great Hall Cardiff University
Fri 4th UEA Norwich
Sun 6th O2 Academy Oxford
Mon 7th Albert Hall Manchester
Tue 8th Guild Of Students Liverpool
Thu 10th O2 Institute Birmingham
Fri 11th Octagon Sheffield
Sat 12th Octagon Sheffield
Mon 14th Northumbria Institute Newcastle
Tue 15th Barrowland Glasgow
Thu 17th Roundhouse London
Fri 18th The Dome Brighton

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