Now Then Manchester presents: Dan Haywood's New Hawks with Samson & Delilah

Now Then Manchester is delighted to announce that its first show of 2012 will see the adventurous cosmic-folk collective Dan Haywoods New Hawks perform in the intimate surrounds of Dulcimer in Chorlton.

Ian Pennington

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Date published: 4th Jan 2012

Dan Haywoods New Hawks include Manchester date on January mini-tour

Now Then Manchester is delighted to announce that its first show of 2012 will see the adventurous cosmic-folk collective Dan Haywoods New Hawks perform in the intimate surrounds of Dulcimer in Chorlton.

The main support for the gig will be chamber-folk quintet Samson & Delilah, who are attached to the Little Red Rabbit psyche-folk record label, with New Hawks fiddle player Mikey Kenney due to take the stage first under his ulterior guise as Ottersgear.

The gig will take place on Thursday 19th January and tickets are now available from Skiddle ( and from the Dulcimer venue.


Dan Haywoods New Hawks (Timbreland Recordings)

Samson & Delilah (Little Red Rabbit Records)


Thursday 19th January 2012

Dulcimer, Chorlton, Manchester

7.30pm doors.

Dan Haywoods New Hawks

Dan Haywoods New Hawks are a collection of songs, and also a band, whose epic scope marries transatlantic cosmic roots music with a poetic and soulful British folk. A rambling, rolling band whose crazed stage presence, with various players swapping instruments and psychic powers amongst themselves, has already assured them cult status.

Haywood himself has been likened to Nick Drake and Mark Kozelek by critics who were running out of superlatives to describe his self-titled debut album, released late in 2010. That LP documents the ornithologist Haywoods five years of bird-and-people-watching during travels around Highland Scotland. He is backed by the New Hawks, whose numbers may vary, but whose musical kinship with their charismatic navigator poet never fades. For this show theyll perform as a nine-piece band, amongst whom will be the New Hawks Manchester based percussionist Paddy Steer, formerly of 808 State and now performing both solo and with Homelife.

Engaging and oddly uplifting Independent on Sunday

A wild-eyed mix of cosmic country and chamber-folk [...] makes for a thrilling noise UNCUT Magazine

There is a hushed elegance and sprightly inventiveness to Haywoods guitar work that is reminiscent of both Mark Kozelek and Nick Drake, but his atypical subject matter and unique vocal delivery is entirely his own, giving these songs both a worn, vintage sound while also injecting them with a thoroughly modern style. The Line of Best Fit

This strong, 32 song album is positively livid with ideas and resists easy categorisation The Wire Magazine

"Haywoods distinctive vocals think Gideon Conn merged with The Decemberists Colin Meloy are cushioned by some dextrous musicianship" Now Then Manchester

Samson & Delilah

A Manchester-based chamber-psyche-folk-rock quintet, whose debut album was nominated for Spiral Earths Best Debut award in 2010. They are led by the songwriting partnership of husband and wife Sam Lench and Anna Zweck, who played as a duo and in several bands within Manchester's burgeoning new-folk scene.

Samson & Delilah went on to release a second full-length record, 'And Straight On Till Morning', which has been featured extensively by Gideon Coe on 6Music and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2. Immaculately recorded live in a Victorian concert hall, the new album shows the band's assured progression from a duo vehicle for Zweck and Lench to a full band capable of shifting in a heartbeat from mournful piano laments to Byrds-like psyche-drone to uplifting, anthemic crescendos.

Psyche folk lives on The Guardian


Founded in 2008, Ottersgear is the result of Mikey Kenneys fiddle-based recordings and the gradual assembling of accomplished folk friends. For this show Kenney will perform a solo set.

Timeless authenticity and youthful energy CityLife Manchester

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