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New Single from Jim McHugh

July 27, 2021

‘Her Love’, released 30th July, is the brand new single release from Irish singer songwriter Jim McHugh.  This song is a poignant recounting of a loved one who passed away and details the hope that ‘Her Love’ will return some day.

This single is from Jim’s album ‘Pretending To Wake Up’ released in May 2021. It was recorded and produced in Black Mountain Studio’s, Jenkinstown and Wynne Wynne Studio, Dundalk by Alex Borwick. ‘Her Love’ features Jim on Vocals/Guitars, Paul McCabe on Bass, James McNeill on Drums, Alex Borwick on Synthesiser.

Single artwork by Oli McHugh.

With 2 albums already under his belt, Jim McHugh has garnered an impressive list of supporters with the RTE 1 Recommends list and being chosen as the ‘LMFM All Out Local Song Choice’ as well as Roddie Cleere’s ‘Song of the Week’.

His third album ‘Pretending to Wake Up’ released on May 28th is sure to cement McHugh as Ireland’s leading folk rock artist as his ability to write a hook of a riff combined with a catchy chorus surpasses all!

From the Farney drumlins of Co. Monaghan, Ireland, multi-instrumentalist Jim McHugh brings a new edge to the folk tradition, blending traditional and indie styles with up-tempo beats. In 2016 he drew upon his past and recent musical experiences to record an album of new songs entitled ‘Noise Machine’, nicely summed up by Pete Whalley as ‘Indie folk-driven rock that has a vibrant beating heart’.

For his third album, McHugh lets us hear how he has progressed his rock sound in an organic way, never wavering from his roots in crunchy guitars and anthemic riffs but always developing as a songwriter and raising his game sonically. Working alongside producer Alex Borwick (Parliament Funkadelic, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Niamh O’Regan, Lankum) and session musicians Paul McCabe (bass) Paul Sherry (Electric Guitar) and Butch McNeill (Drums), McHugh brings a new dynamic and alluring sound to the rock genre.

Jim’s previous single ‘Should Have Lied’ released in 2020 was premiered by Hot Press and received national and international radio play. Jim’s last album release ‘My Nuclear Radio’ was critically received and album single My Mandalay featured on the ‘RTÉ RADIO 1 recommends’ playlist in Nov/Dec 2019 ,and was the ‘LMFM All Out Local Song Choice’ for March 2019. Single Everything’s Cool was Roddie Cleere’s ‘Song of the Week’ on KCLR in August 2018 while Avenue Road and Marjorie were widely played at home and abroad. Pretending To Wake Up was recorded, produced and mixed by Alex Borwick at Black Mountain Studios, Jenkinstown and Wynne Wynne Studio, Dundalk. It was mastered by Fergal Davis (Sinéad O’Connor/Muse).

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