The Hawkmen

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The Hawkmen draw from an array of influences such as rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll which they bring together in a classic, rootsy, hybrid blend. The band emerged as a full, live act in 2017 following the early successes of soul 45 and Craig Charles favourite, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (Record Kicks, Italy), a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It (selected by Craig Charles for the second volume of his Freestyle Records compilation series) and The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP (Mocambo, Germany) which yielded another 45 and was widely played on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6.

In 2017 Love Is Blind was released and features on the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club Vol.5 compilation and received more BBC 6 Music airplay. 2018 got of to a flying start with the release of the Chemistry Of Love single, yet more plays on BBC 6 Music, leading to a mini UK tour and concerts in Germany and France. 2019 has seen the release of Soulful Dress (a huge dance floor hit), The Hawkmen’s self titled debut album, and the live video for ‘Baby Tonight’, which has gone viral on YouTube with over 200,000 views and rising. The bands’ live concerts have gone strength to strength with a mini uk tour, headlining the Frogfest Music Festival in High Wycombe and an appearance at the Boomtown Festival 2019.

Leeds-based Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers play vibrant and authentic rock and roll, roving from raucous rhythm and blues right through to dreamy popcorn love songs. Wailing vocals, virtuosic sax and biting, grooving guitar will have the audience bouncing, swinging and sweating from start to finish.

After forming as a trio in 2016 their debut releases, Cannonball EP and Tears Before Bedtime EP, were championed by BBC Introducing and UK Rock and Roll Magazine. In 2018 the band expanded the line-up, adding saxophone and drums to the already rocking guitar and bass rhythm section.

Their debut album, Waiting By The Dance Floor, was released in 2019 and is a product of band leader Richard Colley and his life long love of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues and Rockabilly. Over recent years he has immersed himself in the new great roots artists such as Nick Curran, The Bellfuries, JD McPherson and the amazing bands that have been coming out of Hi-Style Records but not before refracting the sound through his record collections, drawing on classic Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues.

Since the release, they have set their stall out as a hard-touring outfit, headlining shows across the UK as well as performing at a multitude of festivals including Rhythm Riot, Atomic, Underneath The Stars, SummerTyne Americana, Great British Rhythm and Blues and made lauded debuts across Europe in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers deliver an exciting take on a great American tradition. Presenting original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic and fresh sound and are back in the studio recording their next album, for release in 2022.

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The Underground, Live Music Venue, 9 Duke Street, Bradford, BD1 3QR

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