On top of the tour announcement, he has revealed his new album Further – out May 31.
The album 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 each song to around three minutes long, Further is “quite possibly his most forthright album to date, clocking in at under 40 minutes”, a spokesperson said.
As well as his albums, Hawley has been busy with the hugely successful musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge – the that bears the name of his sixth studio album – and which recently finished its sold-out run at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.
Featuring 20 Hawley songs, the musical chronicles the life of three families who live on the city’s Park Hill estate across three generations. 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 he has begun with his increasing soundtrack work on films such as 2018’s Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake and Denmark, featuring Rafe Spall and due out later this year.
The album Further will be available on CD, LP, Limited Edition Orange LP, Limited Edition Picture Disc, cassette, digital download and streaming services.
Richard Hawley comes to the O2 Institute on October 10. Tickets, priced at £32, are available here.
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