Singer hints at team up

Sheffield singer Richard Hawley could be set to team up with Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner on a new project.

Richard Hawley is a product of the old school of Northern entertainment. Cutting his teeth as a child performer on the working men's circuit, the singer has never quite left behind his roots in the smokey dens of Northern England.

Since then, of course, Richard Hawley has worked with The Longpigs and Pulp before embarking on a solo career. The singer recently performed at London's Union Chapel venue where he was joined by a special guest.

Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner dropped by for a quick run through his own song 'The Only Ones Who Know'. The singer then stunned fans by performing two un-named songs before departing to wild cheers.

The show was part of Mencap's Little Noise Sessions, starring a range of talent.

After the gig Richard Hawley spoke to BBC 6Music and hinted that a collaboration could well be on the cards. "Well, we are gonna, you know... I really want, um... I'm not saying. No, I'm not! I'll get shot."

The two artists are familiar with each other. Upon scooping the 2006 Mercury Music Prize, Turner joked that fellow nominee Hawley had been "robbed".

"We're not best mates but I know him enough to know that he's a solid kid, a gentle bloke, and funny," said Hawley of Turner.

"I enjoy his company. They're all top lads, little monkeys."

Richard Hawley also claimed that he did not have to go through the usual complicated routine to organise the new duet. "I went to see them when they were in Sheffield the other day and said, 'Fancy getting up with us?'"

"He said, 'Yeah'. It's not complicated. We don't need to do managers and 'your people talk to my people' and all that nonsense. It's just mates."

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