Dan Hughes – Cider Festival
Dan Hughes is a dynamic UK based musician, songwriter, guitarist and producer and will be appearing at our Cider Festival in 2020. Dan has played guitar from a young age having growing up in a musical environment playing with and learning from local session and professional guitarist’s, playing pubs, clubs and parties in his home town. At the age of 16 Dan auditioned for the highly regarded music institute ‘BIMM’ (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) where he was auditioned by ‘Kenwin House’ guitarist and songwriter for Reef. He gained a place to study there for 2 years and in that time he played in bands covering a variety of genres also writing songs for projects. In this time he was lucky enough to be taught by great guitarist such as ‘Toby Pittman'(Air Studios) and Guthrie Govan(Asia and Dizzy Rascal) He had Master Classes with top guitarists and songwriters ‘Mark Knopfler, Tommy Emmanuel and Kelly Joe Phelps’s.
After his studies Dan Hughes spent a while playing in a band based in Sheffield and recorded an EP in the same studio that Indie Rockers ‘Artic Monkeys’ recorded their first EP. Dan spent time gigging in the north but eventually returned to his midlands home playing solo acoustic gigs and starting up his own project three piece band ‘DHT. During this time he began writing and performing around 200 gigs a year playing bars, pubs, clubs and private function’s. He busked all over the midlands even playing guitar in Europe. Having rejected several independent deals. In 2014 Dan started recording demo’s for ‘DHT’ album ‘Neil’ with long-time collaborators Bob Dawbrowski and Paul Wilson. During the making of the album good interest was shown from people coming to solo and band gigs and international fans, also gaining strong comment from industry professionals. In 2015 along side independent journalist and music lover ‘Rajesh Panda’ Dan formed Digital Music Label ‘Panda Records.’
The year 2016 saw the release of ‘DHT’ ‘Neil’ onto ‘I tunes’ and ‘Amazon’ and physical CD form, selling at gigs and indie record stores, The album has a strong rootsy blues sound mixed with contemporary rock and pop hooks. Later in 2016 Dan took a trip to Asia playing and gaining great reviews from press and TV. Dan returned to Asia in 2017 making a very successful three month tour. What does the future hold for Dan? ‘Continue writing and performing, making music and playing to anyone that will listen’. Dan is currently working on a new set of songs with long term drummer ‘Paul Wilson.’ If you are someone who loves music written and performed with honesty and passion then this guy is well worth having a listen to. Head over to his website for more.