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Jim McHugh

A native of Ireland, Jim McHugh's music brings a new dynamic to folk music by cleverly  infusing traditional styles with an up-tempo and raw indie style (even the odd ballad) that creates something very different for the Irish music scene.

The roots of this original music stretch back to Jim's time performing and writing for many years with his band The Mandalas, previously known as Unaware.  In late 2016, Jim drew on his musical past and more recent experiences to put together an album of 12 new songs.  The songs flow through Indie and Up-Tempo Folk Rock to slower heart wrenching ballads.

The 12 track track album was launched in 2017 and features McHugh on vocals/guitars/piano. He has also enlisted his old band mate and friend James ‘Butch’ McNeill on drums, former Speedking members Paul McCabe on bass and Ronnie Morgan on guitar.  The album was co-produced, mixed and mastered by the singer/songwriter Ben Reel at his new studio in Armagh.


Jim’s release in 2017 has seen him live play on Midlands 103 FM with Anne Marie Kelly, Near FM sessions and South Dublin FM.  He performed at The DC Club, Dublin as part of his album launch and was selected for the Christmas Music Trail as part of the Carrickmacross Arts Festival.



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