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Sunday 8th March 2015
The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury
David Hughes is an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, author and playwright. His six albums include, ACTIVE IN THE PARISH, which, in 1997 was named by Q magazine as one of their albums of the year. His five published books include, THE MALDONIANS, and the diary of a UK tour supporting Fairport Convention. His plays, with a determinedly local focus, regularly sell out in Maldon, Essex.
His sharp, half-spoken delivery and rhythmically-percussive finger-style guitar earned him regular slots on BBC Radio Four's Loose Ends with the late Ned Sherrin.
He has recorded and performed with some of the finest musicians in the UK including Gerry Conway (Jethro Tull / Fairport Convention), Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, Bert Jansch (Pentangle), Dave Mattacks, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention), Spencer Cozens (Joan Armatrading / John Martyn), Alan Thomson (John Martyn), Chris While, Julie Matthews (BBC Folk Award winners), and Eddi Reader.
He has toured the UK and Europe with Bert Jansch, Pentangle and Fairport Convention. His Internet tour diary, THE FAIRPORT TOUR, published by the Folk Corporation in 1998, sold worldwide.
He is also the writer and voice of YouTube sensation "Dengie Boy" and, in the guise of alter ego, Cocker Freeman, was, for three years, a regular weekly contributor to BBC Essex and co-author of the spoof self-help smoker's guide book "Cough Your Way To Fitness".
In 2001, David was the founder member of the St Agnes Fountain project. Together with Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews, the band recorded an album of Christmas music and enjoyed a hugely successful December tour that has now established itself as a "seasonal tradition", the band touring to sell-out audiences each December since with seven further albums.
In 2011 he self-produced his fifth album on the Folk Corporation label, "Songs Of Integrity (and other compositions)" and a planned sixth album is scheduled for 2014.
"one of the country's most witty, able writers"
"Sharp, literate...apply here for a treat."
"Anyone who's in danger of overdosing on the oh-so-sensitive-and-mellow end of the acoustic spectrum should check out David Hughes..sharp eye..sardonic wit..very British."
DIRTY LINEN, USA
"..find yourself intrigued, amused and entertained by a man who understands that folk music is about far more than middle class navel gazing or fol-de-bloody-rol cheesy maypole bollocks...lyrically inventive, funny and as sharp as a newly-minted pin, Hughes also possesses a remarkably assured way with a guitar (ie, he can really play the bugger)."
"Caustic, literate...inspired" ****
" dry as tinder, more observant than Jodrell Bank
"A sharply rhythmic guitar picker...he half sings, half speaks a stream of intelligent, well-observed and witty lyrics. That rare thing, a singer-songwriter without a trace of meandering self-absorption or lecturing."
"He gave them everything he had. A poet with a riveting way of getting over his words while his fingers effortlessly picked out the rhythms. The songs are tender, political, reflective and human...At times he took on the mantle of Hoagy Carmichael with his syncopations and blues rhythms and the sophistication of his literary references. David Hughes deserves to be better known, a true artist. Go to see him."
THE SCOTSMAN (Edinburgh Festival)
Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start
£13 cash or cheque in advance
£14 on the door
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