ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY ‘COVER ME SONGS’ FEATURES HEREFORDSHIRE MUSICIAN TOM HUGHES IN THEIR FAVOURITE COVERED TRACKS FROM NICK DRAKE’S ‘PINK MOON’ ALBUM!
Both “Pink Moon” and Pink Moon are now seen as beacons for young musicians, guiding lights to help them on their path. Ironic, really, as the album came up through the valley of the shadow of death, and it bears not the scars of depression, but the very skin. Yet its starkness proves its saving grace – with nothing to weigh heavy on the songs, nothing can be used to drag them down. Pink Moon is like a black swan feather floating on a midnight brook, all dark but somehow still light.
When researching a project like this, it becomes clear that all those artists who have paid tribute to Nick Drake by covering his music have invested themselves in the work, body and soul. No matter how different the style of music, it carries a different kind of intensity than covers of most artists; with Drake, there seems to be a special need to repay the original artist in kind for what he’s given. This is a collection of eleven covers of the songs on the Pink Moon album, and the eleven artists herein can be said to have paid their debts in full.
“Horn” is the briefest song on Pink Moon, not even making it to ninety seconds, and it’s the album’s only instrumental. Tom Hughes, musician-educator-tunesmith from Herefordshire in the UK, uses it as a jumping-off point, and he and his piano go nearly four times longer, duplicating and then elaborating.
MELODIOUS - MUSIC BOOK AND CD NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE STORE AND AMAZON.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2018 was a fairly hectic year with the usual ups and downs that life throws our way! Besides my day job, a few gigs and running my community choir, I've focused most of my time preparing for the release of two music books.
The first book is called 'Melodious' - a collection of short piano solos composed by myself over between 2008-2018. It includes 17 pieces in total. These include abridged pieces from the 'Bliss' album, also, 'The Magic of Mordiford' and Solitude'. I've arranged them for around grade 4-5 standard. This is due for release February 2019 and can be ordered via this site. A CD with my own performances of the pieces will be available March/April 2019.
The second book is called ALAWON:MELODIES that I've been compiling for the fantastic Welsh folk trio ALAW. Please visit their website
www.alaw-band.com. The book contains all the music from the bands two albums plus additional tunes. The book is a collection of traditional Welsh folk music and original tunes arranged for melody line and chords. This should be ready for release early this year so keep checking for updates.
SPRING CONCERT - with Mordiford Community Choir
Woolhope Village Hall
Saturday 23rd March 2019, 6:30pm.
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MELODIOUS - by Thomas Hughes
Rose Garden Hall, Hereford
Saturday 13th April, 7pm by invitation only.