ABOUT MICK MCHUGH
“There’s a candle burning in the dark – always a glimmer of hope.” Mick McHugh
Indie folk artist Mick McHugh has stepped out and stepped up with the release of his debut studio album, for which he crowd-funded $19,000. ‘A Million Stars’ was released on 16th February 2018, and showcases him as the well-rounded, matured singer songwriter and musician that he’s spent the past decade refining.
The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the Australian based singer/songwriter, performing to sold out audiences after picking up three coveted support slots with Aria Award winning indie-pop darling Amy Shark, as well as an East Coast tour with Irish folk singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey. The lead single ‘Not in Kansas Anymore’ (co-written with Goanna’s Shane Howard) saw McHugh win the Best Music Video award at the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards …the prize resulting in a day’s recording in Pete Murray’s Kicks Iron studio. The song was also a finalist in the Great American Song Contest and a semi-finalist in two categories in the International Songwriting Competition. McHugh topped it off by signing a Digital Distribution deal with ABC Music.
“There’s a candle burning in the dark – always a glimmer of hope”. This is what Mick McHugh strives to bring to the table via a career’s worth of songs – a glimmer of hope, a little bit of brightness in a sometimes dark world; in the words of legendary English troubadour Ralph McTell, McHugh’s music gives “cause for hope and optimism” – there is little higher praise than that.
It’s this hope and optimism that informs McHugh’s debut long-player, for which he crowd-funded $19,000, a record which has been two years in the making, but a lifetime in creation. Following on from a slew of EPs released over the past nine years, A Million Stars is Mick McHugh at the height of his powers thus far, a man confident in his place on a stage or in a studio, a man in command of a clutch of songs that not only offer hope, but that also showcase an artist not afraid to delve into contentious topics and emote in a genuinely raw and passionate way.
Says McHugh, “I aim to write songs that are going to do something for people. In that they’ll listen to them and come away with something that’ll hit them in the heart, give them something serious to consider… honest themes close to the hearts of people's day to day lives, the hardships, and acknowledging the wrongs that I see in this modern world, all the while striving to offer that hope and optimism.”
Growing up in the Dublin suburbs as part of a big family where singing and music were part of life, McHugh came to the game late. He didn’t pick up a guitar until the age of 22, giving away his Polymer Engineering career, which he’d earned with a first class honours degree, in the process. Today based in the hills behind Byron Bay, McHugh plays relentlessly, at least 150 gigs a year up and down the Australian east coast, building the skill-set which is laid bare with A Million Stars. It’s an album which touches on a number of themes and issues, stemming from McHugh’s want to give a voice to people in plight.
‘A Million Stars’ is a statement of an album, McHugh as an artist not afraid to address tough issues, hardships and plight, but at the same time, layering it in his trademark hope – for Mick McHugh, this album is just the beginning
Amy Shark, Gavin James, Pete Murray, Damien Dempsey, The Coronas, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Bell X1.
KEY FESTIVAL APPEARANCES:
Byron Bay Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Fest, National Celtic Festival, Maleny Music Fest, Tamworth Country Music Fest, Fatherhood Fest.
Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany.
“Mick McHugh connects with the important elements of music – his songs and his audience.”
“There is a vulnerability in his voice that expresses the deep fragility of our world and the times we’re living in.”
“Mick McHugh is a great singer, a great songwriter. Get to see him live, he's amazing."
"A huge hit with folk at Bluesfest Cavanbah Stage.”
Visit http://mickmchugh.com/ for shows and more information.
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