Martin Hughes drumming and music in Monchique


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Martin is now giving drumming lessons in Monchique.

In 1978 I moved from Belfast to London where I began working for Warner Bros. in their writers studio doing sessions for among others Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) Gary Holton (Heavy Metal Kids/actor) and Clive Langer (producer of Madness, Elvis Costello, Gil Evans and Hothouse Flowers). This led to my recording two albums for the sixties band The Searchers who were signed to Warners at the time.

After leaving Warners I worked with Langer on his own album and several other projects including singles by Pete Wylie (WAH) and Robert Wyatt. Wyatt’s ‘Shipbuilding’ was voted single of the year in 1983. With Clive I toured extensively with Madness and Elvis Costello throughout Europe, appearing at the 1980 Montreux Jazz Festival.

For a number of years I freelanced as a session musician working for Phonogram, Polydor Records, EMI , Stiff and Demon Records. This involved albums, singles, tours and videos with Joan Armatrading, John Isley (Dire Straights) Desmond Dekker, Carlene Carter (step daughter of the country singer Johnny Cash) Sally Oldfield (sister of ‘Tubular Bells’ Mike Oldfield), Keith Emerson and Jack Bruce, Bill Hurley (The Inmates), The Adventures, Any Trouble, Gregson and Collister and Deaf School (featuring guitarist Reeves Gabrels).

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