All in all last week was a good one for live music, as I also caught Ed Harcourt at The Hawley Arms on Wednesday night playing a short set ahead of the pub’s official re-opening on Friday. Now the Hawley sometimes gets stick for being a celeb hangout, or celeb-spotting hangout, but never mind all that, it’s a great music loving pub, and it was a pleasure to walk through their doors again. Alongside its ever fine jukebox, the phoenix like pub now boasts a great vinyl lined staircase and a vintage 1960s jukebox in the private/function room upstairs. Loaded with old 7 inches it’s a thing after my own heart (my first play, seeing as though you asked, was Bill Withers’ ‘Use Me’).
Anyway, back to the under-appreciated Ed Harcourt, I’ve been looking for an excuse to post a track of his for a while, so here, complete with some lovely animation, is ‘Visit from the Dead Dog’ (recorded at London's ToeRag Studio no less)