Raised in Tamworth, imbued from a young age with country music, before moving off to Sydney and immersing himself in the city’s gritty punk scene, Paddy McHugh now calls Brisbane home, he and his family ensconced within the hot damp that defines the Queensland capital, home to a slew of primal, passionate music over the years.

Adding to this cannon, in writing for his second record ‘City Bound Trains‘, McHugh has come full circle and now calls country home once more. But it’s intelligent country, poignant and vivid.

McHugh comes from the Paul Kelly school of songwriting in that simplicity is key and everyday life makes the best stories.

I know there are many reasons why people listen to and enjoy music… but for me, the style of music that I wanted to make, honesty was paramount. It had to be about something that I knew about, or cared about.

It’s a simple thing, and yet in McHugh’s hands, it’s powerfully raw and real.

City Bound Trains‘ is set for release on September 29th via Four | Four / ABC Music. Tour dates to support the release can be seen below.

Pre-orders are available on iTunes [Here] and CD [Here].

Check out a video clip for the album’s title track below.

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These stories are then set to a musical score that both throbs with a visceral power, and gently pulsates with a calmness and tranquility. From the almost anthemic nature of ‘Down To Sydney‘, with its electric build, to the gentle rocking of ‘Rita‘, McHugh pulls it all together with a quiet aplomb.

City Bound Trains‘, which follows on from 2013’s ‘Trials & Cape Tribulation‘ and is produced by Brendan Gallagher (Karma County), is a neat and strong package that showcases this growing songwriter’s talent to a tee.

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Paddy McHugh
TRACK LISTING

01. City Bound Trains
02. Meanwhile In Wilcannia
03. Great Dividing Range
04. Down To Sydney
05. Hold Back Your Hair
06. Rita
07. Sean McDonough
08. Happy Man
09. Loneliness
10. Railway Hotel

TOUR DATES

PADDY MCHUGH
SEPTEMBER
30th – Dashville Skyline Festival, Lower Belford [18+]
OCTOBER
1st – Leadbelly, Sydney [18+]
7th – The Retreat, Melbourne [18+]
8th – Hobofopo Festival, Hobart [18+]
14th – Cafe 2430, Tamworth [18+]
20th – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide [18+]
27th – The Old Museum, Brisbane [18+]
—> Tickets available at the door.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

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Paddy McHugh
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