Los Angeles resident Brian Hughes has carved out an impressive career in the contemporary jazz arena. His first two albums, Between Dusk and Dreaming and Under One Sky, firmly established him as one of the foremost guitarists and composers in the genre, perfectly blending his fluid and emotive guitar style into an exciting, melodic mix of Latin, Jazz and World Music compositions. After being picked as a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine's "Guitars On Fire" competition his subsequent recordings Straight To You,  One 2 One,  Shakin’ Not Stirred, Along the Way, Live and  Fast Train To A Quiet Place have received critical acclaim and major radio air play from coast to coast. With his sizzling fret work and infectious compositions the media are accurate in saying: "Both a great artist and an accessible one. His passion is so obvious, intense and contagious, that his audience shares it.” Brian has received the SOCAN / BMI "Jazz & Instrumental Composer of the Year" award seven times from 1997 to 2011 and the title track from “Shakin’ Not Stirred” was featured on an episode of HBO’s “Sex and the City”.

     Hughes is well known for his 29 year parallel career recording and touring with world renowned vocalist Loreena McKennitt (The Mummer’s Dance). Brian’s skills as a musician (guitars, oud, bouzouki) and his production & mixing talents are evident on her 2012 Grammy nominated recording “Troubadours on the Rhine”. McKennitt has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and Brian has toured the world several times with her, appearing on the "Late Show" with David Letterman and receiving a Juno (Canadian Grammy) nomination as "Producer of the Year” for his work on her platinum selling, Juno award winning album “The Visit”.

     Brian has also accompanied Celtic music legends, The Chieftains, on several tours and has Produced and Mixed several international platinum selling albums for Greek recording artists Alkistas Protopsalti, Evanthia Reboutsika, Yannis Kotsiras and Panayotis Kalantzopoulos, including the soundtrack for A Touch of Spice the top grossing film in Greek cinema history.

 
Brian's new project Secret Sky  brings together three of the most exciting and creative forces in Celtic/World music, Brian Hughes, (guitars, bouzouki and oud), Hugh Marsh, (fiddle), and cellist and singer Caroline Lavelle. The three met over 20 years ago and have recorded and toured together in Loreena McKennitt’s band since. Their soon to be released debut CD "Secret Sky", produced by Brian Hughes is an exciting collaboration, bringing thrilling power and emotional depth to both traditional and self-penned songs.  Brian Hughes and Hugh Marsh are electrifying live improvisers as anyone who has been at a Loreena McKennitt concert will testify, and this album has allowed them the freedom and space to achieve the passionate feel reminiscent of some of the expansive, filmic albums of the 70s. Caroline Lavelle’s trademark sultry voice occupies a greater range than she has used to date, ranging from the intimately delicate to a powerful folk rock persona, with her emotional cello playing making up a formidable range of talents across the trio. The other player's on the CD are drummer Tal Bergman (Loreena McKennitt, Joe Bonamassa, Rod Stewart, Simple Minds, Billy Idol) and bassist Tim Landers (Loreena McKennitt, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Jethro Tull, BB King).

 

     Secret Sky are looking forward to touring together and sharing their passionate music with fans old and new.