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Mick’s music has a strong intention to inspire and disseminate positive vibes through his lyrics and live performances. He has been likened to an Irish Cat Stevens and Luka Bloom – with his own soulful style.

Writing of love, life and all things in-between, engaging crowds with his unique story telling coupled with the ability to play guitar, harmonica, foot percussion and belt out lyrics.

Winning a spot to perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011, Mick was invited back to play at Bluesfest 2012 after a knock out performance.

The Irish Troubadour’s relentless passion and dedication for music has seen him release five independent CD’s, perform live on Australian TV and Radio, support Ireland’s Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Paddy Casey, and perform at The Sydney Opera House.

Relocating from Dublin to Byron Bay- Mick has embraced the Australian lifestyle and is honoured to be bringing his family up here and be a part of the ever-growing music scene.

He has played at leading Australian festivals such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, National Celtic Festival, Green Fest, Fatherhood Festival, Coast Acoustics, Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival and Brisbane Irish Festival.

Mick is engaging and energetic on stage, blending story and song in the heart-warming traditional Irish way. Whether he’s singing touching ballads or up-tempo energetic songs- McHugh is renowned as a performer who wears his heart and notes on his sleeve.

Mick McHugh Irish Singer Songwriter - Byron Bay Mick McHugh

Media Quotes

“Upbeat realism”, Sam J. Fell, Rolling Stone/Rhythms Mag

“the Irish Cat Stevens”, The Northern Star

“You’re headed for some big things”, Tony Johnston, ABC Radio

“Feel the power of positive music”, David Kirkpatrick, The Northern Star

“Mick McHugh’s folk was a huge hit with the folk in the Bluesfest Cavanbah Stage”, Suzanna Simonot, Gold Coast Bulletin


Judges Comments from Bluesfest 2011

‘Great! Dynamics plus! feel it! my man!’ scored 10 out of 10 for originality, crowd response, musicianship and talent

‘Fantastic songs! great story teller! I’m enthralled! you scored high in crowd response, musicianship and talent and then he gave you and extra 10 points for awesomeness.

‘Great entertainer! Great connection with the audience!’