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June

July 15

New Glasgow gig date

The Craig Hughes Two plays The Howling Wolf, Glasgow on Tuesday August 26th.

Don't forget, we're also playing there tonight! 10pm start, free entry.

June

June 30

THE DOG MOON HOWL ALBUM IS OUT NOW!!!

The first album from Dog Moon Howl is out now. CD (inexpensive!) and download (pay-what-you-want!) available from the band via Bandcamp with worldwide digital distribution (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify et al.) via CD Baby.

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The tracks-list is: Tenement Porch Dog, Snake Oil Solution, Chemical Eye Damage, Lost, Punching Walls, Blues Like a Hammer, Overlong and Your New King. The album, a Channel Nowhere release, was produced by Chasar's Alec Pollock and Dog Moon Howl at The Boathouse, Alloa.

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June 29

Dog Moon Howl album launch update

Cheers from Dog Moon Howl to everybody who turned up for yesterday's informal wee album launch and making it a good'un (thanks in particular to The Belafonte for an excellent set - check them out HERE). Getting good feedback on the album already; remember, it's available from tomorrow, folks!

Here are a few pics from the gig courtesy of Michael Greer:

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June 19

New Glasgow date confirmed

I'll be playing The Howlin' Wolf, Glasgow on July 15th. More details to follow.

June 08

Dog Moon Howl album launch details

Top way to spend your Saturday afternoon: matinee launch for the first album from Dog Moon Howl. The band will be playing a live set of the album in full after a guest turn from alt.rockers The Belafonte. Advance CD copies of the Dog Moon Howl album - released on the 30th - will be available at a special low price and cost of entry is up to you (donations at door).

All of this at the live room in
The Audio Lounge rehearsal/recording studios just off the Maryhill Road (Unit B1 Glasgow North Trading Estate, 24 Craigmont Street, Glasgow); plenty of free onsite parking and just across from the shopping centre/Tesco bus stop. Bring your own booze (soft drinks also available from the venue). Mind, you'll be out in plenty of time for the pub.

May

May 28

New Glasgow date confirmed

The Craig Hughes Two will be playing The Howlin' Wolf, Glasgow on June 23rd.

May 20

Dog Moon Howl album launch

Dog Moon Howl will be playing a special 'matinee' at The Audio Lounge in Glasgow on June 28th to launch our debut album. More details to follow.

April

April 28

General news update

There have been delays to the mixing and mastering of the Dog Moon Howl album due to my coming down with the mother of all eye infections in February (it was supposed to clear up in a fortnight but went on for over two months). This led to cancelled gigs and the likes but since then I've played a solo set at The Vagabond Social Club in Glasgow and a duo set at Record Store Day in Stirling (@ Europa Music), both of which went down rather well thank you very much. I've since finished the mixes on the DMH album - I'm getting the masters completed just now and starting work on the cover art to boot.  We're looking at a June release.

I'm currently actively booking for the band and myself (solo and duo) so more live dates to be confirmed soon.  In the meantime, I'm playing (solo) @ Slouch, Glasgow on Wednesday 30th April, 10pm kick-off.  I'm getting into a whole guitar design/business thing as well, Zentone Guitars, more news on that as-and-when.

Do check out Europa Music if you're in the area (10 Friars Street, Stirling). Mad vinyl selection and stockists a variety of my stuff on CD!


April 18

Record Store Day

Looking forward to playing tomorrow's Record Store Day extravaganza at Europa Music in Stirling with Ally Tennick. We should be on @ 12:45.

April 05

Dog Moon Howl album news

Mixes are complete for Dog Moon Howl's first album, with mastering set for the coming week. 8 tracks, 40 minutes - as it should be. Keep an eye on www.dogmoonhowl.com for updates.

March

March 14

Vagabond Social Club mini-set confirmed for April

I'll be playing two or three fairly random covers in a "micro-set" at The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State, Glasgow on April 11th. This is a reschedule of last December's cancelled "midwinter special".

March 12

Record Store Day gig confirmed

The Craig Hughes Two will be playing April 19th's Record Store Day event at Europa Music in Stirling.

March 06

Vagabond Social Club set cancelled

It's with heavy heart and flammable eyeball* that I have to announce the cancellation of The Craig Hughes Two's set at this Friday's Vagabond Social Club. I've got some mental eye condition that I'm informed won't be cleared up in time for the gig. Genuinely gutted about this one - the last time we played the VSC we had a great night and we'd have been playing with The Dirt this time which is always a pleasure. Ah well.

Please do still pop along on the night (Friday 7th - tomorrow! - downstairs @ The State, 8PM). It'll be a good one.

*I've been given a largely kerosene-based ointment to put on my eye several times daily, so I'm assuming I should be extra careful when blowing-out candles.

April Glasgow date confirmed

I'll be playing at Slouch, Glasgow's late night blues session on Wednesday 30th April.

March 01

Edinburgh gig rescheduled

The solo gig in Edinburgh (Foalkies @ The Royal Oak) originally scheduled for Monday, June 2nd has been moved to Monday, July 7th.


Dog Moon Howl gig cancellation

From www.dogmoonhowl.com: You may have noticed a sudden change to the 13th Note's listing page. That's right folks, some strange retroactive double booking of the least impressive order means that the Glitterball Vegas/Dog Moon Howl/Traquair gig is off. Somebody's fault, clearly, but not ours. Or Glitterball Vegas'. Or Traquair's.

February

February 12

New Glasgow date confirmed

The Craig Hughes Two returns to The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State Bar in Glasgow on Friday March 7th. Also on the bill are Michael Angus and The Dirt, all for a paltry £4. Cheap bar, too. Threatens to be a good night, then.

February 10

BluesWebzine.com Interview

Thanks again to Andres Roots for this - the English translation in BluesWebzine.com of the Blues-Finland.com interview ... click the image to check it out.

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February 07

Blues-Finland.com Interview

Many thanks to Andres Roots for this - a Finnish language interview for Blues-Finland.com ... click the image to check it out.


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January

January 29

New video online

Here's a clip of Ally Tennick and myself playing Jam Jar Wasp Trap live in Glasgow, Nov 2013.





January 19

Blog: how to play a song!

New blog entry on how to play Left To Crawl from the Hard Times: Volume 1 EP. Click the pic to check it out.

Left To Crawl


January 18

Live dates added

First bookings of the year are already starting to come in. Pleased to say I'll be playing a solo set at Foakies @ The Royal Oak in Edinburgh on June 2nd. Full details, reminders and the likes nearer the date - in the meantime you can't say you haven't had plenty notice!

Also, I'll be playing with Dog Moon Howl at the 13th Note in Glasgow on March 22nd with Glitterball Vegas (the recording is finished for the Dog Moon Howl album; there'll be a break before final mixing. Sounding good so far).

January 14

New album review

Many thanks to Grahame Rhodes at Blues in the Northwest for a great new review of Losers and Bastards. Check it out HERE.

January 04

End-of-year critic's lists

Losers and Bastards has popped up on a few end of year lists:

Blues Underground Network’s Year End Review – Best UK Blues Album : Losers and Bastards
Blues Underground Network’s Top Ten International Blues/Blues Rock Albums – #3: Losers and Bastards
The Third Class Ticket’s Festive 60 – #33: A Strongman and an Acrobat
Resurrection Songs’ Top 10 of 2013 – #5: Losers and Bastards


January 03

Happy New Year!

News updates

There's been a problem with sending out the winter newsletter, so please check out the blog for what would have been the main body of same. http://wp.me/pJtmb-k2

In the meantime, limbering up my guitar solo face for the upcoming marathon recording sessions with Dog Moon Howl - album #1 on its way!

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2013


December

December 22

New album review

Somehow neglected to include this on the news page earlier this month - Losers and Bastards picked up another great review, courtesy of music blog Resurrection Songs - check it out here -http://bit.ly/1bnXiL6

December 16

Blues Underground Network's Year End Review 2013

Great news - Losers and Bastards has been named by Canada's Blues Underground Network as Best UK Blues Album in their Year End Review 2013! On top of that, the album also came in at #3 in their Top 10 International Blues/Blues Rock Albums of the year!

Blues Underground Network's Year End Review 2013

Blues Underground Network's Top 10 International Blues/Blues Rock Albums 2013


December 11

New video

Here's me and Ally Tennick giving it plenty at last month's Vagabond Social Club.



December 09

New podcast

Finding myself in good company on the latest edition of Simply The Blues And A Little More, featuring a track from Losers and Bastards - check it out.

December 08

Glasgow gig cancellation

Due to a cock-up by the venue, The Vagabond Social Club gig set for this Friday (13th) at The State Bar has been cancelled.

November

November 28

The Blues Magazine - Interview/Review

Very pleased to say that there's a full page interview with myself and a cracking album review for Losers and Bastards in the latest issue of Classic Rock's The Blues Magazine (#10). Available from WH Smith and the likes or mail order HERE.

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November 10

December gig date change/Dog Moon Howl gigs

The Vagabond Social Club's Midwinter Celebration, at which I'll be playing a couple of covers and the likes will now take place on Friday 13th December. Downstairs at The State Bar, Glasgow.

Dog Moon Howl plays Pivo Pivo in Glasgow on Thursday November 21st and again on Thursday Dec 12th. These will be substantially different sets. Each night features a further four bands and is £6 entry - discounted tickets are available from the band at:
http://dogmoonhowl.bandcamp.com/merch

November 06

New blog post (Lou Reed)

New blog post, mostly about Lou Reed ... check it out HERE.

November 04

Yet more chart action!

Losers and Bastards enjoys its fourth consecutive week atop the Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart! Check it out!

November 02

The Craig Hughes Two debut gig

Last night's set at The Vagabond Social Club was a winner; thanks to the organisers, the other performers and everybody who came along. Look out for a lot more dates being announced for the Two (that's Ally Tennick and me, by the way) over the next few months.

Here are a few video grabs from the gig, footage courtesy of Bryan Campbell.

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October

October 27

Chart action again!

Losers and Bastards enjoys its third week atop the Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart! Check it out!

October 21

More chart action!

A second week at the top of Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart for Losers and Bastards! Check it out!

October 14

New video

Here's the new video for Everybody's Got to Cheat and Lie Sometimes from Losers and Bastards.



October 13

Chart action!

Happy to report that Losers and Bastards has entered Canada's Blues Underground Network's UK/Europe/Australia Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart at #1! Check it out!

October 09

New album review


HERE's a great review of Losers and Bastards from Canada's Blues Underground Network. Thanks to John Vermilyea.

October 03

Compilation: The Death Roots Syndicate


Old Witch Cast A Spell features on the first Death Roots Syndicate compilation, available as a free download from today (a little earlier than planned). Check it out HERE.

Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specialising in the promotion of Dark Country/Folk/Blues/Americana and Roots music. Among the artists featured on the compilation include Jim Strange with the Proud and the Dead, Sleepy Eyes Nelson, Jeremiah Crow's Insufferable One Man Show, Jim Dead and Joel Kaiser.

September 29

The new album on CD Baby and more

The digital rollout of the new album continues, with Losers and Bastards now available for download from CD Baby (HERE) and something called Google Play (HERE) and can be streamed on something called Slacker (HERE).

September 28

The new album on Spotify

The new album, Losers and Bastards, is now available for your listening convenience on Spotify.*

*Should you chose to listen via Spotify, I look forward to accepting the 0.2p royalty with immense gratitude.


September 27

The new album on iTunes/Amazon

Losers and Bastards is now available for download from iTunes (HERE) and Amazon (HERE).

September 16

New album video review

Charlie Bear (of The Scottish Connection) has posted a great review of Losers and Bastards on her new YouTube vlog. Check it out:



September 13

New album review

The new album's first review is a good 'un! Many thanks to Paul Kerr at Blabber'N'Smoke (Jacques Brel! Yes!!) ... check it out HERE.


Death Roots Syndicate compilation

Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specialising in the promotion of Dark Country/Folk/Blues/Americana and Roots music (check it out HERE). Their first project is a compilation which will be available on Halloween, 2013. Among the artists featured are Jim Strange with the Proud and the Dead, Sleepy Eyes Nelson, Jeremiah Crow's Insufferable One Man Show, Jim Dead and Joel Kaiser. Happy to say that my track Old Witch Cast A Spell will also be on there.



September 12

New Glasgow gig for The Craig Hughes Two + Dave Arcari's blog

After a great gig at Slouch last night with Andres Roots, Peeter Piik and Steve Lury (nice wee mention for the gig and the new album on Dave Arcari's blog HERE), the next confirmed Glasgow date is on Friday, November 1st at The Vagabond Social Club downstairs at The State Bar. This will be a set by The Craig Hughes Two, which is myself with Dog Moon Howl drummer Ally Tennick on percussion. Should be a belter!



August

August 30

Losers cover website


THE NEW ALBUM
OUT NOW
CD/DOWNLOAD

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