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Richard Hawley’s had a rich life. He’s

Sheffield born and bred, and has spent time in Longpigs and Pulp as well as

working with Nancy Sinatra and Hank Marvin. His eighth studio album Hollow Meadows came out last year, focusing on ageing, ways to live your life and the wonder of the world. After being bed bound for six months due to injuries,

Hawley’s now back in full health, armed with his guitar and quiff, and ready to shake up the LCR in February. I had a lovely long chat with one of the most charming and grounded gentleman in rock n roll.

Sheffield; it’smade me who I am.”

12 /January 2016/

“TankGod for

You’ve played here in a Norwich a few times before, and also at Latitude. Have you had a chance to check out our city? I know Norwich well. My wife is Welsh but was brought up in Shelfanger near Diss and her mum still lives there so we visit on a fairly regular basis. You just got back from touring in Europe. What was the vibe like at the gigs post the Paris attacks? It’s not just a trauma for Paris; it’s a world trauma and for us all. We went to Spain first and then to Brussels and the last gig of the whole tour was Paris. Te gig was sold out way in advance of all the horror that happened. What amazed me was that every single person turned up. It was a beautiful gig

and really special. It was a little while after the Paris attacks, but I was determined to do that European tour whether I did it playing a ukulele standing on my head because hate cannot win. Historically, it never does. All the bad juju people get theirs in the end. Hitler, Mussolini, all those bastards have a bad end. In the end hope and true love win, and our history as a planet proves that. You started writing songs as a child, and your parents were both musicians. Can you remember when you first started to write your own songs and how that felt? Tat’s a difficult one to answer in a way because I can’t remember not writing songs. All the women in my family

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