+ Hamish Hawk
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King Creosote, one of our most beloved voices, returns for a 13 night solo Scottish tour with support from Hamish Hawk in March.
If you build a fence then you have to treat it, as any DIY buff will tell you. You have to make it durable; to help it help us weather storms. Fife's Kenny Anderson realised this when forming micro-label, Fence, in 1994 – and so he treated it, then treated us, with an alt-pop alter-ego: King Creosote.
Anderson has become of Scotland's most acclaimed and prolific, singer-songwriters: a squeezebox Casanova with a cosmic wordplay fetish, whose voice leaves gentle devastation in its wake. He was short-listed for 2011's Mercury Prize thanks to Dia-mond Mine, his sublime collaboration with Jon Hopkins.
Other key LPs in the KC canon include Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boat Rides (2003), Rocket DIY (2005), KC Rules OK (2005) Bombshell (2007), Flick the Vs (2009) and his live-only album, My Nth Bit of Strange.
In 2014, Anderson completed his first-ever film soundtrack for From Scotland With Love. The film weaves Scottish archive film footage with KC compositions.
Creatively King Creosote continues to thrive and the Domino Recording Co released Kenny’s latest album - Astronaut Meets Appleman in September of 2016.
'Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. He released his debut album Aznavour in 2014. His Mull EP was released in early 2016. Hawk performs regularly throughout Scotland alongside the likes of King Creosote, Emma Pollock, James Yorkston, Withered Hand, Euros Childs, Malcolm Middleton and FOUND. His songs have featured on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6 Music and Scottish Fiction.
Hawk’s solo shows are a colourful and confident display of his wit, charm and sensitivity as a songwriter. A natural storyteller, Hawk leaves audiences unwavering in their loyalty. Offering so much of himself yet revealing so little, Hawk’s ability to surprise, enchant and bewilder at every turn has rendered him an endearing figure in the Scottish contemporary music scene.
The versatility of Hawk’s songwriting becomes clear when it is performed alongside his four-piece backing band, The New Outfit. Formed in 2015 as a means to flesh out Hawk’s live sound, The New Outfit adds exuberance to the youthful charisma of a man wise beyond his years. The result is a strikingly fresh look at Scottish existence, in all of its grit and grandeur.'