Niall Hone

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Niall Hone
Niall Hone at Hawkeaster 2014.jpg
Niall Hone playing with Hawkwind at Hawkeaster 2014
Background information
Born (1970-06-24) 24 June 1970 (age 48)
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician
Instruments
Years active1986–present
Associated acts
  • Mandragora
  • Captain Sensibles' Band
  • Bud
  • Cherokee Mist
  • Giant Eyes
  • Tribe Of Cro
  • Hawkwind
  • Crippled Black Phoenix
  • Hawkwind Light Orchestra

Niall Hone (born 24 June 1970) is an English musician, best known as a member of the UK space rock band Hawkwind from 2008 to 2017, and May 2018–present.[1] Hone has also been heavily involved in electronic dance music since the early 1990s.

Music career[edit]

Early in his career, Hone played bass guitar in several notable groups, including Mandragora, Captain Sensible's band. He also played lead guitar in Tribe of Cro.

In 2008 Hone joined Hawkwind following the death of keyboardist Jason Stuart, first performing with the band on their December 2008 UK tour. On this tour, he primarily played guitar, whilst additionally playing synthesizers and bass. Since May 2011, he has been the band's primary bassist and live electronic manipulator (using Ableton Live) with former bassist Mr Dibs now assuming the role of lead vocalist, occasionally playing cello and second bass.[2] Hone plays Music Man StingRay and Fender Precision bass guitars.

Hawkwind released three studio albums with Hone, Blood of the Earth (2010), Onward and The Machine Stops, and one compilation album including new material, Spacehawks (2013). A slimmed down offshoot of the group featuring Hone on bass, Dave Brock on guitar and Richard Chadwick on drums, released a separate album, Stellar Variations (2012) under the moniker Hawkwind Light Orchestra.[3]

Hone returned to Hawkwind in May 2018 as bassist following the departure Haz Wheaton to join Electric Wizard. While he does not appear on that year's Road to Utopia, he has been involved in touring the album with orchestral support and direction from Mike Batt.

Discography[edit]

Selected recordings include:

Mandragora[edit]

  • Over the Moon (1988)
  • Head First (1991)
  • Earth Dance (1992)

Cherokee Mist[edit]

  • Anthem of the Moon (1997)

Captain Sensible[edit]

  • "MeatHead"

Tribe Of Cro[edit]

  • "Sporadic Spiro-Gyra" (EBS 1996, EBSCD 125)
  • Hydroculture (1998)
  • "Mavacanto Flavourslime"

Hawkwind[edit]

Hawkwind Light Orchestra[edit]

  • Stellar Variations (2012)

Crippled Black Phoenix[edit]

  • "New Dark Age (2015)"
  • "Destroy Freak Valley(2016)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hawkwind band members". starfarer.net. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ Robson, Calum. "Interview with Mr Dibbs and Niall Hone". soundshock.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "2010s". Biography of Hawkwind. Planet Rock. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.