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DAVID HUGHES REVIEWS
"one of the country's most witty, able writers"
"Sharp, literate...apply here for a treat."
"Anyone who's in danger of overdosing on the oh-so-sensitive-and-mellow end of the acoustic spectrum should check out David Hughes..sharp eye..sardonic wit..very British."
DIRTY LINEN, USA
"..find yourself intrigued, amused and entertained by a man who understands that folk music is about far more than middle class navel gazing or fol-de-bloody-rol cheesy maypole bollocks...lyrically inventive, funny and as sharp as a newly-minted pin, Hughes also possesses a remarkably assured way with a guitar (ie, he can really play the bugger)."
"Caustic, literate...inspired" ****
"He's a sharp contender who twists his lines like Lou Reed and picks his guitar with frill-free intent. Altogether, it's good and smart." ***
"David Hughes hit the nail most exquisitely on the head with Active In The Parish, recorded with only acoustic guitar, Gerry Conway on drums, and backing vocalist Jacqui McShee - dry as tinder, more observant than Jodrell Bank and featuring some of the year's most memorable guitar playing."
"A sharply rhythmic guitar picker...he half sings, half speaks a stream of intelligent, well-observed and witty lyrics. That rare thing, a singer-songwriter without a trace of meandering self-absorption or lecturing."
"He gave them everything he had. A poet with a riveting way of getting over his words while his fingers effortlessly picked out the rhythms. The songs are tender, political, reflective and human...At times he took on the mantle of Hoagy Carmichael with his syncopations and blues rhythms and the sophistication of his literary references. David Hughes deserves to be better known, a true artist. Go to see him."
THE SCOTSMAN (Edinburgh Festival)
THE FAIRPORT TOUR
"David Hughes can tell a story and he entertains. Warts and all, it's here Cannily the whole tale is enlightened by a live CD in the back cover which proves Hughes to be not only a lively writer but an adroit songwriter to boot "
"Anyone wanting to know the real story of what life on the road is like will find it here."
DIRTY LINEN, USA
" an immensely readable story, seasoned with wit and humanity and a sharp eye for the idiosyncratic."
MALDON & BURNHAM STANDARD
"This book is written with wit, pace and a breadth of detail so strong that the people described come to life as three-dimensional characters, as if in a novel."