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Jim McHugh

From Castleblayney Co Monaghan multi-instrumentalist Jim McHugh brings a new edge to the folk tradition blending traditional and indie styles with up-tempo beats. His musical roots reach back to his time writing and performing with his band The Mandalas (aka Unaware). In 2016 he drew upon his past and recent musical experiences to record an album of new songs entitled ‘Noise Machine’.


Jim’s last release ‘An Muc Snámha’ an Irish language song celebrating both Seachtain na Gaelige and Bliain na Gaeilge was released in March 2018. This song was based on the legend of the swimming pig of Lough Muckno and received repeated airplay on RTEĢ Radió na Gaeltachta.


Jim has a new album in the making and a new single release 'Avenue Road' coming in October.


For more information about Jim, Noise Machine, An Muc Snámha and new single Avenue Road visit his website


Praise for ‘Noise Machine’:


‘Jim brings a new dynamic to folk music as he cleverly infuses traditional styles with an uptempo and raw indie style (even the odd ballad) that creates something very different for the Irish music scene’. -  Chantelle Frampton, Gigging NI.


‘And that’s the charm of Noise Machine, it’s uncultured, indie folk driven rock that has a vibrant beating heart.  From the driving single ‘Red Rose’, the catchy ‘River Won’t Flow’, the rootsy ‘My Destiny’ and ‘Help Her Help Me, to the almost Velvet Underground reminiscent ‘Do You Remember’, there’s a rich vein of potential coursing through the grooves of this record’. - Pete Whalley.


‘This music clearly has deep-seated roots - cultural, musical and social - and like all music with roots, it takes many forms. There's abrasive folk rock with edge and irritation, wrenching ballads with anguish and distress. There’s personal recognition and unrestrained observation’. – Charlie Elland


‘"Sweet Surrender" by Jim McHugh. A great song. Its raw guitar sounds & sweet vibes makes this track easy listening & thoroughly enjoyable’. -  Songwriting Ireland


‘'Noise Machine Album' Great Debut by Jim McHugh, down to earth lyrics, confident vocals, good tracks all round' - Zoe Farrell, MusicWand


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Avenue Road Release 28.09.2018


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