Hotfoot from his album of the year success here at Still Got The Fever, Richard Hawley is on his way to a venue near you.
Hawley, also shortlisted in the ‘British Male Solo Artist’ category at this year’s BRIT Awards (I’m one of the judges and I voted for him) will also release Don’t Stare At The Sun, the fourth and final single from Standing At The Sky’s Edge.
Don’t Stare At The Sun is one of the more reflective tracks from the album, a keynote performance suffused with a sense of cosmic serenity.
It covers a huge distance: a meditation that took inspiration from, on one hand, a woozy morning shared by young son and sleep-deprived father flying a kite in the park and, on the other, the fate that met Isaac Newton when he decided to stare into the sun.
“He burned the retinas in his eyes,” explains Hawley. “From that moment on, everything he saw was gold.”
Don’t Stare At The Sun will be available on February 25 as a digital download, CD single, and limited edition 10” vinyl. It will be accompanied by a new and exclusive, as yet unannounced, track.
There’ll be more information available soon at www.richardhawley.co.uk
2012 proved to be Hawley’s most successful year yet. The Sheffield troubadour released his hugely acclaimed and highest charting album to date, played to sold-out venues across Europe and performed a one-off concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at former Sheffield steel works Magna.
He topped the Still Got The Fever albums of the year list, was shortlisted as ‘an album of the year’ at the Mercury Music Prize, and was included in best albums 2012 polls in Q Magazine, Mojo, Uncut, NME, The Sun and Shortlist.
All that, of course, has been topped off with the BRIT Awards nomination.
Here are the tour dates:
February 17: Buxton Opera House
February 18: Edinburgh Picturehouse
February 20: Colston Hall, Bristol
February 21: The Assembly, Leamington Spa
February 22: Cambridge Corn Exhange
February 23: London Troxy
February 25: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
February 26: Hull City Hall
For tickets click www.gigsandtours.com/tour/RICHARD-HAWLEY/