On the 15th of October, Richard Hawley took to the stage at the famous Barrowlands with support Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. After the release of his latest album ‘Further’, I thought it was about time I went to see Richard Hawley, and I’m so glad I did.
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It was great to see a solo act as the support for the gig and that came in the shape of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Singer Sam Duckworth created a relaxed atmosphere in the Barrowlands while still keeping the crowd interested. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly looked really at home on the stage and effortlessly hit out with acoustic tunes to get the crowd ready for Richard Hawley. Duckworth was open about his political opinions and mentioned that certain political issues influenced some of his songs so it was really pleasing to see an artist take relatively gloom situations and turn them into uplifting acoustic tunes. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly songs had a sentimental feel to them and the crowd seemed really in tune with his performance.
I always wondered why Alex Turner seemed so shocked when Arctic Monkeys beat the other nominees (including Richard Hawley), and scooped the Mercury Prize award in 2006 then proclaimed on stage “Someone call 999. Richard Hawley’s been robbed”. Now that I’ve seen Richard Hawley live, I understand.
Richard Hawley’s music brings the feeling of sitting by a fire on a winter night to life, it’s comforting and warm but live, it’s especially good. The gig kicked off with ‘Off My Mind’ which brought an impressive start to the set. Richard Hawley has one of the best bands I’ve seen for a while and strong guitar beats flooded the room but without overpowering Hawley’s voice which created the perfect balance.
Although Richard Hawley played plenty of relaxing hits such as ‘Coles Corner’ and ‘Open up Your Door’ , the gig didn’t feel like it lacked energy or personality. Hawley played many of his upbeat tracks too such as, ‘I’m Looking for Someone to Find Me’ and ‘Down in the Woods’ which were loved by the crowd. Another notable aspect of Hawley’s band was the harmonica player. During the tune ‘Time Is’, there was an incredible harmonica solo which got the crowd going and was a really refreshing addition to the set.
Hawley’s personality really came through during the gig too, a lot of interaction with the crowd got everyone chatting and laughing with each other. He provided the perfect mix of on-stage banter with the occasional political remark including how we all “have it sorted” up here in Scotland (even if the Barrowlands did lack his favourite pint).
I feel like a lot of the younger generation aren’t aware of Richard Hawley and his music but believe me, they should be. Both his music and his gigs are perfectly chill yet upbeat and you’ll leave his gigs wanting to experience it all over again.
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