Charity single to help Hospices

PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 December 2011 | UPDATED: 09:53 01 December 2011

Lympstone musician Richard Hawes, whose new single The Willow is in aid of Help the Hospices. Picture by Tom Ritchie.

Lympstone musician Richard Hawes, whose new single The Willow is in aid of Help the Hospices. Picture by Tom Ritchie.

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A Lympstone musician is releasing a charity single, in memory of his brother who died of cancer.

Singer-songwriter Richard Hawes, of Strawberry Hill, had spent more than a decade away from the music business, but was inspired to return after his older brother, Terry, became ill.

Terry died last year, having spent his final days in a hospice, and now Richard’s comeback single, The Willow, is being released to raise money for Help the Hospices.

Richard said: “I decided to release The Willow as a charity single because it’s about my brother and relates to the hospice where he spent his last days and weeks.

“It’s quite amazing what those people do, and all of it is funded by donations, so the level of care they provide at such a difficult time is quite something.”

Richard, who lives with his wife, Karen, and sons Dominic, 11, Connor, eight, and Ethan, six, will be following the single release with a full album in the spring.

He says his brother’s illness was the trigger that got him writing music again.

“When my brother became unwell - it’s a bit clichéd, but I thought, ‘Life’s too short - I love music and I’ve ignored it to a large degree, that needs to change’.

“I started writing songs again, but much better, more intense, really connecting many more things.”

Richard says he hopes The Willow’s mellow sound and easy availability will help him raise as much as possible for Help the Hospices.

The Willow is quite a lot mellower than most of my other songs and perhaps accessible to a wider age range.

“It will be available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, and it won’t go on the album, so if people buy that, then they’ll still have to buy The Willow separately.”

In Richard’s previous musical career, he had attracted record company interest with Exeter band TV27 – who shared a rehearsal space with future rock megastars Muse - and had a solo song on the soundtrack to Ray Winstone’s film Love, Honour and Obey in 2000.

The Willow will be released on December 5.

A free preview of the track can be heard now at

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