Paddy Mchugh City Bound Trains CD
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.
Paddy McHugh shoots from the hip, doesn’t pull
His song writing is honest and true, tales of life in
Australia told by a man who’s grown up in same, as raw
and real as the country in which he took his first steps.
McHugh comes from the Paul Kelly school of song
writing 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,” he explains. “It had to
be about something that I knew about, or cared about.”
These stories are then set to a musical score that both
throbs with a visceral power, and gently pulsates with a
calmness and tranquillity. 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
Honesty is at its core, everyday life its muse, Paddy
McHugh the master of it all.