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Hugh Featherstone
in Darmstadt

Summer 1979
 

After some years of wandering Europe with his guitar and his songs, like a true troubadour must, Hugh found a home in the German city of Darmstadt.

During his travels he had somehow found time to record some of his songs, including a number laid down in the studios of Island Records in London.

From the resulting tapes, 10 tracks were released in Darmstadt by Michael Stühr's MS Edition ("the world's smallest record company") under the title Empty Houses.

This was the first of 3 vinyl albums Hugh made with MS Edition (see discography), and the beginning of a collaboration with other musicians and creative people (notably Don Stevenson with whom he also produced a children's book) in the Darmstadt area.

Before leaving Germany to live in Eupen, Belgium, Hugh also produced a limited-edition cassette album, the legendary "Black Tape".


photos: David John © 1979
Hugh Featherstone in Darmstadt

cookin' in the kitchen
 
Hugh Featherstone playing a 12-string Washburn guitar in Darmstadt
 

Empty Houses LP cover

Empty Houses
 

Largo LP cover

Largo
 

Announcer LP cover

Announcer
 

the Black Tape cassette album cover

the Black Tape
 
Hugh Featherstone playing a 12-string guitar in Darmstadt
 
Hugh Featherstone changing a guitar string

changing a string
 
Hugh Featherstone tuning up

tuning up
 
Hugh Featherstone with his rosewood 12-string Washburn guitar

Hugh with his trusty rosewood 12-string Washburn guitar,
customized by Gary Levinson.

Cover photo of Hugh's cassette album
"the Black Tape", released 1983.

photo: Martine Passagez © 1983
 
 
Hugh Featherstone plays Kraushaar Guitars
 
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