So what does Hugh sound like ?
Hugh's fans say...its like a mix of... Jack Johnson, David Gray, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, Van Morrisson and U2!!Have a listen, what do you think ?
Hugh's c.d.'Never Been Before'has recieved multiple award nominations, including Toronto Independent and Southern California music awards. Hugh was also voted one of the top 'live' acoustic male performers in Orange County California at the 2007 O.C. Music awards.
Here are some media quotes about Hugh.....
"Hugh sings in a style which is ideally suited to delivering confessional songs that probe the deepest reaches of his soul"
"The hauntingly beautiful 'Demons' and expressive 'If I could (tonight)' are among the most stirring songs on the strong disc."
Robert Kinsler, Orange County Register
"What we have here is an impressive array of material."
"I was reminded of artists such as David Gray and
Jack Johnson as I listened."
"It begs to be heard on a sunny day"
"There is certainly enough evidence here to suggest that
Hugh is capable of winning over legions of fans to his
personal,melodic and very beautiful songs. Grade A"
Martin Brown, Editor-Live Magazine and producer of the Southern California, Toronto, Inland Empire and Orange County music awards.
who writes, "original melodic-with-an-edge songs of love and love lost".
Dave Soyars, The Irish Herald
Hugh's music brings together elements of pop, folk and rock creating an passionate eclectic sound.
The combination of Hugh's voice and his unique acoustic guitar playing style come together to create the heartfelt canvas for his songs.
On 'Never been before' Hugh takes the listener on a rollercoaster emotional journey. From the C.D.'s opening words "Love can take us, up above the stars" to the final haunting verse of Hugh's version of the traditional Irish ballad 'She moved through the fair'. You are left realizing the incredible diversity and depth of this upcoming artist's ability.
Whether singing about love or loss, facing adversity or fighting inner demons. Hugh sings with a simplicity and honesty that shines through in all his songs.
In order to create a better live feel for this C.D. Hugh recorded all the main vocals and guitar tracks simultaneously in complete 'live' takes. These 'live' takes provided the foundation on which additional music was then built.
Hugh sings all the vocals, played acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, keyboards, percussion and programmed the drums on 'Never been before'.
Guest musicians: Ken Lyons (Electric guitar) Trk 4 & 5, Evan Stone (Cajon) Trk 5 and James Counts (Congas) Trk 6.