Hugh Featherstone, singer, songwriter and guitarist, is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest musicians. His music is unvarnished and his songs are thoughtful and penetrating, longingly dreamed and the same time wide-awake; sometimes delicate, sometimes hard, always street-wise and world-aware.
Many of Hugh's songs are stories telling of people's hopes, fears, trials and tribulations. Themes range widely, from laundromats to landmines. At the core is always love - in all its forms.
As a musician (guitar, violin, vocals) Hugh performs solo, with his acoustic trio Featherstone and the Tone Poets, the "celtic chamber orchestra" Spirit Level or his stage band Hugh Featherstone and A Panel of Experts (see news). The Englishman, who lives in east Belgium, has delighted audiences all over Europe, from Wales to Wallonia and from Berlin to Bulgaria.
Don't miss the chance to experience this completely original artist live, as he is always able to deliver "a shot of Celtic soul against the emotional cold". And who couldn't do with a bit of that?
"A master of tonal expression"
"A shot of Celtic soul against the emotional cold"
"Hugh Featherstone offers excellence in every respect"
Hiero Itzo, Göttinger Kulturzeitschrift
"Such a thing still really exists then - the songwriter who can get along
mubu, euregio musik magazine NRW
completely without glitz and trash"
"Very beautiful ballads alternating between country-oriented shuffles
and catchy rock-inspired tunes"
"Music for people who still realize there's something going onThomas Koschwitz, RTL
beneath the surface"
As ex-frontman of Foreign Bodies, Pierre Le Suit, Best Foot, Coast To Coast, Test The West, Red Shift and Trans/At (bands that spanned an arc through traditional folk, via punk-country to the avant-garde fringes of art-rock), guitarist & songwriter Hugh Featherstone can look back on a colourful music career spanning thirty-three changes of address.
With his wife and family he currently lives in the picturesque borderland of East Belgium, on the edge of the Hertogen Forest.
A bird of passage between diverse musical styles, Hugh's playing avoids gratuitous virtuosity for an honesty of presentation in which the material dictates its own terms. His 5-piece rock band Hugh Featherstone and a Panel of Experts is an ideal complement to the intimate ambience of his solo appearances.
The collected experiences and observations of the last three decades emerge in bitter-sweet ballads and edge-city songs with poignant and penetrating lyrics and melody hooks that won't let go, delivered in a rain and woodsmoke voice that both cuts and caresses. Whether performing solo, or fronting a combo, an evening with Hugh Featherstone offers singer-songwriter music of rare authenticity.
6-string, 12-string and baritone acoustic guitars.Hugh Featherstone plays Kraushaar Guitars.
Empty Houses, Largo, Announcer
West of Eden, Negotiations and Lovesongs,
See the discography
Me and Miss Wray, News From Nowhere,
Landing, Landing, Live at the Chapel, Friendly Skies,
9 on the sub-prime