"Dry as tinder, more observant than Jodrell Bank." Q Magazine
David Hughes is an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, author and playwright. His six albums include, ACTIVE IN THE PARISH, which, in 1997 was named by Q magazine as one of their albums of the year. His five published books include, THE MALDONIANS, and the diary of a UK tour supporting Fairport Convention. His plays, with a determinedly local focus, regularly sell out in Maldon, Essex.
His sharp, half-spoken delivery and rhythmically-percussive finger-style guitar earned him regular slots on BBC Radio Four's Loose Ends with the late Ned Sherrin.
He has recorded and performed with some of the finest musicians in the UK including Gerry Conway (Jethro Tull / Fairport Convention), Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, Bert Jansch (Pentangle), Dave Mattacks, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention), Spencer Cozens (Joan Armatrading / John Martyn), Alan Thomson (John Martyn), Chris While, Julie Matthews (BBC Folk Award winners), and Eddi Reader.
He has toured the UK and Europe with Bert Jansch, Pentangle and Fairport Convention. His Internet tour diary, THE FAIRPORT TOUR, published by the Folk Corporation in 1998, sold worldwide.
He is also the writer and voice of YouTube sensation "Dengie Boy" and, in the guise of alter ego, Cocker Freeman, was, for three years, a regular weekly contributor to BBC Essex and co-author of the spoof self-help smoker's guide book "Cough Your Way To Fitness".
In 2001, David was the founder member of the St Agnes Fountain project. Together with Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews, the band recorded an album of Christmas music and enjoyed a hugely successful December tour that has now established itself as a "seasonal tradition", the band touring to sell-out audiences each December since with seven further albums.
In 2011 he self-produced his fifth album on the Folk Corporation label, "Songs Of Integrity (and other compositions)" and a planned sixth album is scheduled for 2014.
A compilation album, RECOGNISED, a good introduction to his work featuring selections from his first four albums, was released in November 2002 and is available with his other Folk Corporation releases on-line from The Folk Corporation.
David's albums are:
CURTAINS (1992 Hypertension HYCD 200 126)
ACTIVE IN THE PARISH (1995 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 999)
FIFTY YARDS OF DAVID HUGHES (1997 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 1099)
THIS OTHER EDEN (1999 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 2003)
RECOGNISED 19 track compilation (2002 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 2007)
I CAN EXPLAIN (2004 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 2010)
SONGS OF INTEGRITY (and other compositions) (2011 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 2011) Limited edition sold out
DAVID HUGHES - SONGS OF INTEGRITY LIVE AT THE BLUE BOAR HOTEL (2015 The Folk Corporation TFCCD 2012)
Published books are:
THE MALDONIANS, hardback, 1996
THE FAIRPORT TOUR, paperback, both published by The Folk Corporation
MALDON, published by Black Horse Books for the Frith Collection.
COUGH YOUR WAY TO FITNESS, paperback, Shane Saunders Publishing
COCKER FREEMAN'S WORLD CUP DIARY, paperback, Hodder & Yardley
"Local Knowledge" 2000 Bewick Suite, Swan Hotel, Maldon. Stuart Rayner as ageing ship-wright and centre-half, Cocker Freeman.
"Troubled Waters" 2005 Maldon Town Hall. The author as Tablo Yardley.
"Tablo's Top Twenty" April 2006, Maldon Town Hall.