Paddy McHugh

Paddy McHugh shoots from the hip, doesn’t pull punches.

Released through ABC Music in September 2017, City Bound Trains, produced by Aria award winner Brendan Gallagher (Karma County), is a neat and strong package that showcases this growing songwriter’s talent to a tee.

Paddy has been touring this latest release to huge acclaim around venues and festivals Australia-wide for the past 4 weeks, with a 6-piece band and in solo mode, winning many new fans and delighting his core followers in the process!

His song writing is honest and true, tales of life in Australia told by a man who’s grown up in same, as raw and real as the country in which he took his first steps.

Raised in Tamworth, imbued from a young age with country music, before moving off to Sydney and immersing himself in the city’s gritty punk scene, McHugh now calls Brisbane home, he and his family ensconced within the hot damp that defines the Queensland capital, home to a slew of primal, passionate music over the years.
Adding to this cannon, in writing for his second record City Bound Trains, McHugh has come full circle and now calls country home once more. But it’s intelligent country, poignant and vivid.
McHugh comes from the Paul Kelly school of song writing in that simplicity is key and everyday life makes the best stories.
“I know there are many reasons why people listen to and enjoy music... but for me, the style of music that I wanted to make, honesty was paramount,” he explains. “It had to be about something that I knew about, or cared about.”
It’s a simple thing, and yet in McHugh’s hands, it’s powerfully raw and real.
These stories are then set to a musical score that both throbs with a visceral power, and gently pulsates with a calmness and tranquillity. From the almost anthemic nature of ‘Down To Sydney’, with its electric build, to the gentle rocking of ‘Rita’, McHugh pulls it all together with a quiet aplomb.
Honesty is at its core, everyday life its muse, Paddy McHugh the master of it all.
Paddy has been touring this latest release to huge acclaim around venues and festivals Australia-wide for the past 4 weeks, with a 6 piece band and in solo mode, winning many new fans and delighting his core followers in the process!
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Key Supports:
Sinead O'Connor; Damien Dempsey; Joe Pug; Kinky Friedman; Nikki Lane; Frenzal Rhomb; Roger
Knox; Ben Salter.

Key Festival Appearances:
Dashville Skyline; Woodford Folk Festival; National Folk Festival; Gympie Muster; Tamworth CMF; BIGSOUND Music Conference.

Awards:
2015 recipient of the Alistair Hulett 'Songs for Social Justice' Award for 'The Snowmen' 2015 Highly commended in the Q Music awards for 'Dan O'Halloran'

“Excellent songs played with distinction.” - themusic.com.au
“This is music that’s raw, dusty and authentic.” - Noel Mengel - Courier Mail

Visit paddymchugh.net for more information.





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