Huw Evans (born 15 March 1985), also known as H. Hawkline, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and radio and television presenter based in Cardiff. He also lived and worked in Los Angeles for several years. He performs in both English and Welsh.

H. Hawkline
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Background information
Birth nameHuw Gwynfryn Evans
Born (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 34)[1]
Cardiff, Wales
GenresIndie folk, indie rock, lo-fi, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician, presenter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
LabelsShape Records, Trash Aesthetics, Turnstile, Heavenly Recordings
Associated actsCate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo, Aldous Harding, Gruff Rhys, Tim Presley
Websitehhawkline.org

Life and careerEdit

Evans was born in Cardiff and lived in Prestatyn in north-east Wales from the age of 10 until returning to Cardiff at 18.[2] He is the son of TV and radio presenter Hywel Gwynfryn and his wife Anya (who passed away in 2018) and has four siblings. He also has two half-siblings from his father's first marriage.[3][4]

Prior to becoming a full-time musician, Evans presented the S4C music show Bandit with Huw Stephens up to the show's cancellation at the end of 2011. He also presented a weekly radio show on the C2 evening slot on BBC Radio Cymru until summer 2012. In December 2015 he temporarily returned to the station to present a Thursday-night show.[5][6][7]

H. Hawkline's debut release, the album A Cup of Salt, was put out in 2010 by the then-Cardiff-based label Shape Records. His second album, The Strange Uses of Ox Gall, was released by the same label in 2011.[8]

He supported Gruff Rhys on tour in 2010 in the UK and Ireland.[5]

Following UK festival gigs and touring, in 2012 H. Hawkline released a new EP, Black Domino Box, on the Trash Aesthetics label. His Ghouls EP was released in 2013 by Turnstile Records.[9] The same year his songs Cric Yn Y Cymylau and Llenwi appeared on the "Y Record Las" compilation, the second release from the Cardiff label Recordiau Lliwgar.[2][10]

In 2013, H. Hawkline moved to Los Angeles with his then-partner Cate Le Bon, and there the two continue to collaborate musically.[11] Stateside, they've also played with White Fence (Tim Presley).

In August 2014, H. Hawkline was signed to Heavenly Recordings. The label released a free compilation of some of his previous work titled Salt Gall Box Ghouls.[12] His debut album of new material for the label, In the Pink of Condition, was released in February 2015. It was produced by Le Bon. In September 2015, the album was nominated for the 2014-2015 Welsh Music Prize.[13]

Evans regularly plays guitar or bass guitar in both Cate Le Bon and Sweet Baboo's live bands and records. His own live band has also featured Guto Pryce on bass and Andy Fung on drums.[11] Hawkline also played bass on Kevin Morby's albums Harlem River and Still Life. As a solo artist, he supported Foxygen on their 2015 European tour.[14]

In 2017, H. Hawkline supported Devendra Banhart on tour in the US and Europe/UK, followed by a European support slot with Aldous Harding, whom he also played with during her headline set.

His next album I Romanticize was released in June 2017 on Heavenly. It was recorded in LA and in Narberth in west Wales.[15][16]

Evans continues to perform as part of his partner Aldous Harding's band, and appeared on her 2019 album Designer.[17]

Evans is also a graphic designer, and among others designed the artwork for his own releases and for Cate Le Bon's album Me Oh My.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Solo albumsEdit

  • A Cup of Salt (December 2010, Shape Records)
  • The Strange Uses of Ox Gall (September 2011, Shape Records)
  • In the Pink of Condition (February 2015, Heavenly Recordings)
  • I Romanticize (June 2017, Heavenly Recordings)

EPsEdit

  • You Say You Love Me (split 7" with My Sad Captains, 2011, Trash Aesthetics)
  • Black Domino Box (August 2012, Trash Aesthetics)
  • Ghouls (June 2013, Turnstile)
  • Last Thing On Your Mind (June 2017, Heavenly Recordings)

CompilationsEdit

  • Y Record Las (two songs, April 2013, Recordiau Lliwgar)
  • Salt Gall Box Ghouls (best-of, August 2014, Heavenly Recordings)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "H.Hawkline on Twitter". Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Ian Lloyd-Hughes (29 March 2013). "Review: Y Record Las a little bit of Welsh music heaven". The Daily Post Wales.
  3. ^ "Yr ifanc a ŵyr? Hywel Gwynfryn a Huw Evans". BBC Cymru Fyw. 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Hywel Gwynfryn: Actio yn therapi ar ôl colli fy ngwraig". BBC Cymru Fyw. 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Dave Owens (20 January 2011). "TV presenter Huw Evans forges musical career as alter-ego H Hawkline". Wales Online.
  6. ^ "BBC - Cymru - Huw Evans". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Huw Evans, C2 - BBC Radio Cymru". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Shape - Label". Shaperecords.co.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  9. ^ "H. Hawkline – "Ghouls" EP – out now". Turnstilemusic.net. 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Y Record Las, by Recordiau Lliwgar". Recordiaulliwgar.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b Craig and Rachel (10 February 2015). "Interview: H Hawkline. An Ear For A Melody". RockShot.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Announcing our new signing, H. Hawkline and his debut release on Heavenly". Heavenly Recordings. 18 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Nominees Archives - Welsh Music Prize". Welshmusicprize.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  14. ^ "H. Hawkline – Recent album release and brand new single Everybody's on the Line". The Listening Post. 23 March 2015.
  15. ^ Bill Pearis (19 January 2017). "H. Hawkline releases new song ft. Cate Le Bon, touring w/ Devendra Banhart". Brooklyn Vegan.
  16. ^ Omar Tanti (22 March 2017). "H. Hawkline went to L.A. to meet Cate le Bon and came back to Narberth with his 'I Romanticize' LP". Loud and Quiet.
  17. ^ Kitty Empire (18 May 2019). "Aldous Harding review – conundrums you can dance to". The Guardian.

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