Date: Saturday 6th August 2011
Venue: Redroom @ The Oakwood »
Doors: 20:30 til 23:45
Dan Haywood’s New Hawks are a collection of songs, and also a band, whose epic scope marries transatlantic cosmic roots music with a deeply poetic English folk soul.
A rambling, rolling band recently seen on tour with A Hawk and A Hacksaw and playing with Frank Fairfield, whose crazed stage presence, with band members swapping instruments and psychic powers amongst themselves and with the audience, has ensured them cult status. Now they hit the road to hawk their album, the first and last to be released under this name – see below.
The British Isles finally have their own Lambchop – but only for a fleeting while, as a self-imposed time limit means this band are set to end just as they begin. Catch them quick as they undertake a select string of live song presentations throughout the UK and Europe. Here’s where New Hawks the band comes in: a collective of kindred spirits from across Northern England carefully assembled over time by Haywood, who bring flesh to the album’s smart and ever-shifting arrangements with guitars, fiddles, cello, drums, hand percussion and more. Haywood himself is a compelling frontal figure, orating his adventures with a certain awkward relish and a weird glint in his eye, both the court jester and the king. Live nestings have occurred in village halls, churches and schools around Lancaster, as well as with the likes of The Unthanks, Alasdair Roberts and Trembling Bells. New Hawks shows will soon become mythical occasions.
Conceived in painstaking fashion over five years by Lancaster-based singer/songwriter/ornithologist Haywood as a way of documenting his bird-and-people-watching travels around rural Scotland, the New Hawks as songs are captured on a sprawling, hugely ambitious 32-track album that is this project’s first and only release. A vast modern-day Joycean folk/rock cartography with Haywood as your charismatic navigator poet, and as many ruggedly beautiful crannies to explore (both musical and lyrical) as the highland wilderness it is inspired by.
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