Castleblayney, County Monaghan
A native of Castleblayney Co Monaghan Ireland, Jim McHugh's music is rooted in the worlds of Atmospheric Folk and Melodic Indie.
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 album has its launch in 2017 and features McHugh on vocals/guitars/piano. He has also enlisted his old band mate and friend James ‘Butch’McNeill on drums and former Speedking bass player Paul McCabe. The album was co-produced, mixed and mastered by the singer/songwriter Ben Reel at his new studio inArmagh.
Reviews so far.......
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.
"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