Dave McHugh has been playing the blues for over 20 years now.
In 1996, he was voted Blues Newcomer of the Year at the Temple Bar Blues Festival and since played with many great musicians over the years including Brian Downey, Shane MacGowan, John Earle, Jerome Rimson, Gerry MacAvoy, Mark Feltham, Robbie Brennan, Brush Shiels, Noel Bridgeman, Leo Barnes, Samuel Eddy, The Walls, Jape, Mary Stokes, Peter Moore, Eamonn McCormack and many others.
With his beloved Fender Strat and Marshall amp, Dave and his band are a mainstay on the Irish and European blues scene. Whether it’s opening the Alkmaar Blues Festival in The Netherlands on a barge, headline slots at the Rory Gallagher International Festival or playing down the River Danube, The Dave McHugh Band is up for any challenge.
Specialising in raw Rory Gallagher type blues (Dave was the only artist asked to perform at the unveiling of the Rory Gallagher statue in Cork in 1997), Dave has also been compared to Gary Moore and Freddie King. Despite the heavy influence of all the great blues masters, Dave also has his own unique style, soon to be realised with the upcoming release of a new album of original material.
Photograph: Hazel McNaboe, Dublin