GT Music & Currumbin Pub Presents…
Mick McHugh ‘A Million Stars’ Album Launch
Supports: Tyson Faulkner + Peter Miller
Pre-sale $12 / $15 on the door / Doors 7:30pm
Free courtesy bus available, call 5534 2322 to book
Get along to the Currumbin Pub on Saturday 3rd March for Mick McHugh’s Album Launch! Indie folk artist Mick McHugh is stepping out and stepping up with the release of his debut studio album. 2017 was a whirlwind year for indie folk artist Mick McHugh. The Northern NSW singer/songwriter performed to sold out audiences after picking up three coveted support slots with Aria Award winning indie-pop darling Amy Shark, as well as an East Coast tour with Irish folk singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey.
The release of his debut single ‘Not in Kansas Anymore’ (co-written with Goanna’s Shane Howard) saw McHugh win Best Music Video award at the 2017 NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards …the prize resulting in a day’s recording in Pete Murray’s Kicks Iron studio. And he topped the year off by signing a digital distribution deal with ABC Music.
Mick’s biggest achievement however is set to be in 2018 with the release of his crowd funded debut studio album ‘A Million Stars’ on Friday 16th Feb 2018. The Dubliner will kick off his 2018 touring with a Gold Coast CD launch at Currumbin Pub Band Room on Sat 3rd March. If 2017 is anything to go by, McHugh is one to watch for 2018. Support by Tyson Faulkner and Peter Miller. Tix available at www.mickmchugh.com
“Mick McHugh connects with the important elements of music – his songs and his audience.”
“There is a vulnerability in his voice that expresses the deep fragility of our world and the times we’re living in.”
“Mick McHugh is a great singer, a great songwriter. Get to see him live, he’s amazing.”
“A huge hit with folk at Bluesfest Cavanbah Stage.”
Suzanna Simonot, Gold Coast Bulletin
“There’s a candle burning in the dark – always a glimmer of hope.” Mick McHugh
This is what Mick McHugh strives to bring to the table via a career’s worth of songs – a glimmer of hope, a little bit of brightness in a sometimes dark world; in the words of legendary English troubadour Ralph McTell, McHugh’s music gives “cause for hope and optimism” – there is little higher praise than that.
It’s this hope and optimism that informs McHugh’s debut long-player, a record which has been two years in the making, but a lifetime in creation. Following on from a slew of EPs released over the past nine years, A Million Stars is Mick McHugh at the height of his powers thus far, a man confident in his place on a stage or in a studio, a man in command of a clutch of songs that not only offer hope, but that also showcase an artist not afraid to emote in a genuinely raw and passionate way.
Says McHugh, “I aim to write songs that are going to do something for people. In that they’ll listen to them and come away with something that’ll hit them in the heart, give them something serious to consider… honest themes close to the hearts of people’s day to day lives, the hardships, and acknowledging the wrongs that I see in this modern world, all the while striving to offer that hope and optimism.”
Growing up in the Dublin suburbs as part of a big family where singing and music were part of life, McHugh came to the game late. He didn’t pick up a guitar until the age of 22, giving away his Polymer Engineering career, which he’d earned with a first class honours degree, in the process. Today based in the hills behind Byron Bay, McHugh plays relentlessly, at least 150 gigs a year up and down the Australian east coast, building the skill-set which is laid bare with A Million Stars. It’s an album which touches on a number of themes and issues, stemming from McHugh’s want to give a voice to people in plight.
The first single release from the album, ‘Not in Kansas Anymore’, was co-written with highly respected frontman Shane Howard of iconic Australian rock band Goanna. The song is a coming-of-age song and social commentary of our modern world. It won Best Music Video at 2017 Dolphin Music Awards.
Mick McHugh’s debut long player, ‘A Million Stars’ out 16th February 2018, showcases him as the well-rounded, matured singer songwriter and musician he’s become, that he’s spent the past decade refining. It’s a statement of an album, McHugh as an artist not afraid to address tough issues, hardships and plight, but at the same time, layering it in his trademark hope – for Mick McHugh, this album is just the beginning.
8.05pm Peter Miller
8.45pm Tyson Faulkner
9.45pm Mick McHugh