Earlier this year, Hamish Hawk was selected to showcase at our Wide Days convention by a panel of bookers from some of the world’s leading international new music events including SXSW and Eurosonic. Therefore the hugely enthusiastic response to Heavy Elevator, his new album released on Scottish label Assai, should come as no surprise.
Boasting the lyrical prowess of the Divine Comedy and Jarvis Cocker, the poetic Edinburgh-based crooner has long been championed by Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, who has been followed more recently by 6 Music, Radio X, Radio 2’s Jo Whiley and Germany’s Radio Eins. The adulation is well earned: Hawk is a charismatic live performer, and the current crop of songs benefit from a top band, who lend them a more bombastic edge than some of Hawk’s previous recordings.
Last week, Hawk was among the first 50 acts to be announced for next year’s Great Escape festival, and he has already sold out the London and Glasgow dates of his forthcoming tour. With international offers beckoning for 2022, expect this artist to soar.
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk
Dragon Soop is a caffeinated alcohol beverage that comes in a range of flavours, 7.5% ABV. The Dragon Soop Virtual OpenMic night #SOOPERSTARS2021 provides a platform for musicians and comedians to reach a new audience of over 150,000. Submit a video of an original song or comedy sketch before 7pm on the first of the month or tune in to watch via Facebook. Please drink responsibly 18+ only. https://www.dragonsoop.com
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.
If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription at https://www.scotsman.com/subscriptions