Hawley makes date with Pulp for charity

Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley performing with Pulp at the Royal Albert Hall.
Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley performing with Pulp at the Royal Albert Hall.
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IT isn’t usually known as a venue for Common People - but Sheffield band Pulp got the chance to perform at one of the country’s most hallowed halls for a special fundraising gig.

The group played their first full concert of 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, playing some of their greatest hits as well as rarely-played treats for loyal fans.

Pulp were also joined by former touring guitarist Richard Hawley for seven songs, and singer Jarvis Cocker’s sister Saskia took to the stage with her old schoolfriend Jill Talbot to perform early number My Lighthouse.

The song was recorded in 1983 and featured on the band’s first album.

Pulp reunited last year for their first concerts since 2002, and have a series of dates lined up this summer, including festivals in Europe and America.

Jarvis commented on the fact the group hadn’t played a full gig in six months, adding: “I think it’s going okay.”

But absent from the Royal Albert Hall show was guitarist and violin player Russell Senior - currently busy working on a musical about the miners’ strike of the 1980s.

By Richard Blackledge