alt.blues/roots musician and songwriter Craig Hughes paid his dues in the late 80s/early 90s, fronting rock bands as lead guitarist and sometimes bassist/singer. At the same time he was developing his acoustic blues chops as a street musician - lots of miserable, cold, wet busking from Glasgow through Central Scotland to the Edinburgh Festival and back.
The success of a couple of solo acoustic gigs in 2005 led to a support slot with Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs and the opportunity to record a demo EP in Dublin. The demo was well received and led to gigs in the USA (in 2006 and 2007), as well as at venues and Americana promotions across Glasgow (venues include The 13th Note, The Captain's Rest, The Grand Ole Opry, MacSorley's, Blackfriars, Bacchus and The Pandora - promotions include [We Are]Fuzzy Felt Folk and Don't Mess With Texas), sharing the bill with such stalwarts of the Glasgow scene as Dave Arcari, Doghouse Roses and Hugh Reed, as well as Black River Bluesman & The Croaking Lizard from Finland, Dublin's 13 Conditions and James Apollo (USA). Festival appearances include Bloom'N'Blues, Altus, Arkansas U.S.A. (2006 & 2007), The Oxjam Ashton Lane Folk Festival, Glasgow 2007 and The Glasgow International Jazz Festival 2009.
In 2008 Craig began hosting That Devil Music, a monthly alt.blues'n'country gig in Glasgow. After a successful run at MacSorley's, TDM became an all-acoustic affair at The State Bar. The night has seen Craig sharing the bill with alternative roots artists from across Scotland and Europe.
The five-song EP Broke, Lonely and Guilty and the limited edition CD single Hope It Makes You Happy were recently released on Channel Nowhere. Craig has recorded an album for a November 2009 release.
Since 2007, Craig has provided original music for several short films, for directors JoeMcArdle, Nigel Buckland and Joe Lawrence Beard. He has recently scored his first feature film, The Employer, for Joe McArdle.
The next year promises to be a very busy one, with the recent releases of the EP and single to be followed by the album release and tour. Also in the works is more soundtrack work, more festival bookings and the ongoing promotion of That Devil Music.