Jarvis Cocker and Tony Christie join Richard Hawley at Royal Albert Hall

Singer describes the show as 'the best night of my life'

Richard Hawley was joined by guests Tony Christie, Jarvis Cocker and his mother Lyn as he played a one-off show at London‘s prestigious Royal Albert Hall last night (May 20).

Former Pulp singer Cocker was the first special guest to arrive on stage, performing a track the old friends and former bandmates wrote at the end of the Nineties called ‘Happy New Year’.

The song was unreleased, though Hawley used the music for the track ‘Naked In Pitsmoor’, which appeared on his eponymous debut mini-album in 2001.

Later, fellow Sheffield native Tony Christie appeared to sing ‘Danger Is A Woman In Love’, which will appear on his forthcoming, Hawley-produced album.

During the encore, Hawley introduced his mum Lyn, who he explained hadn’t stood on a in stage for 35 years. She joined her son on vocals for a song which she used to sing for him as a boy, the old folk standard ‘Rovin’ Gambler’.

Hawley dedicated ‘Lady Solitude’ to his late father, and ‘Our Darkness’ to his wife during the 22-song set.

The singer told the crowd that the night was was “the best evening of my life”, although his set was beset by technical problems after an amp blew halfway through, resulting in a brief delay.

Richard Hawley played:

‘Hotel Room’

‘Born Under A Bad Sign’

‘Lady Solitude’

‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’

‘Our Darkness’

‘Dark Road’

‘Coles Corner’

‘Lady’s Bridge’

‘Happy New Year’

‘Lonesome Town’

‘Serious’

‘Roll River Roll’

‘Valentine’

‘Danger Is A Woman In Love’

‘Just Like The Rain’

‘Tonight’

‘Oh My Love’

‘I’m Lookin’ For Someone’

‘Rovin’ Gambler’

‘Who’s Been Talking’

‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’

‘The Ocean’