I wanted to mention Tom Hickox today. Since I mentioned Tom’s song “The Pretty Pride of Russia” last year, he has secured an opening slot with Richard Hawley, including the latter’s forthcoming Somerset House concert.
“The Pretty Pride of Russia” was one of my favourite songs that I heard last year and now Tom has recorded a debut album and is set to headline his own show.
Tom will be playing Cecil Sharp House in London on 30th May. You can get tickets for this show here. This is in addition to the shows he is playing with Richard Hawley, which include at Under The Big Top in Sheffield on July 13th and the aforementioned (sold out) Somerset House gig.
The Richard Hawley support show came about after they recorded together at Yellow Arch studios in Sheffield for Tom’s upcoming debut album “War, Peace & Diplomacy” – where Hawley plays guitar on tracks and his band play backing across the whole album. Since then, Hawley has been a firm supporter and invited Tom to play a number of support shows. Tom has enjoyed comparisons to some of the most respected male artists including Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave – but with his own British twist.
You can get a feel for his unique style in this video for the song “Angel of the North”:
As for the Somerset House show? I liked this quote from Tom: “I’m very much looking forward to supporting Richard Hawley at Somerset House, it’s a venue I’ve loved since seeing Doves there a few years ago – one of my favourite ever gigs. I’m also hopeful that I won’t follow in the footsteps of the original Duke of Somerset and that I may avoid public execution.”
In the meantime, there’s a neat little cover of Moonage Daydream lurking on Spotify that you might like:
Record #185: Tom Hickox – Moonage Daydream