Last of the great crooners. Richard Hawley is Europe’s Mark Lanegan; an Elvis Costello for the 21st century. He quietly crept into the foreground. He was a guitarist for many years in the British bands Longpigs and Pulp. It was Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) who first encouraged him to take his hobby recordings seriously. Hawley was already past 40 when he became the new darling of the international music community. Coldplay, Radiohead, R.E.M. and Elbow couldn’t stop talking about him. When the album ‘Coles Corner’ (2006) narrowly missed a prestigious Mercury Prize, the winner, Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys said ‘Someone call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed!’ Despite this, he has become an institution that has only improved with age. Nobody else can move you while going for the throat as beautifully as the Sheffield Sinatra.