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Hamish Hawk

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Edinburgh-based Hamish Hawk has established himself as a writer of heartfelt, headstrong, unashamedly literate songs. His songs can be filmic and romantic, blending wit, wisdom, resignation and beauty with a kind of sceptical joie de vivre, delivered in a rich baritone that has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jarvis Cocker to Scott Walker. He’s been lauded by Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne at 6Music, where he has become something of an in-house artist. Songs such as Calls To Tiree and The Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champion, 1973 were play-listed by the station and both have since become signature songs. 2021 album Heavy Elevator was pronounced by The Skinny as Scottish Album of the Year. King Creosote and Idlewild were early champions, the latter’s Rod Jones producing his brand new album, Angel Numbers. There are allusions to Leonard Cohen, Karen Carpenter, David Hockney, Dylan Thomas and Britt Ekland and that’s just on the first song. The Hawk pantheon of stellar wordsmiths includes Leonard Cohen, Stephin Merritt, Nick Cave, Biggie Smalls, David Berman, Bob Dylan, Dory Previn and Bill Callahan, though he is too modest to agree.

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