Barry Jay Hughes

Carrickmacross, County Monaghan

Barry Jay Hughes – Folk / Pop / Rock

A blend of mystical acoustic folk, sonic texture and a unique indie rock edge.

Inspired by Glen Hansard, Wallis Bird, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Sheridan Pink Floyd, Jack Lukeman, Alanis Morissette, Love, Loss, Nature, Architecture, Astronomy.

Barry Jay Hughes is an Irish singer songwriter. In 2015 he released his debut EP "This Way Up" and began touring and bringing his unique blend of folk and rock to audiences around Ireland.

April 2016 saw the release of his critically acclaimed second EP "Tried & Treasured" which included collaborations with musicians from many different musical backgrounds; jazz, traditional and classical to name a few.

Touring continued throughout 2016 and in 2017 Barry Jay joined forces with Greg Clifford & Ian N. Brennan and embarked on a 3 act line up / 17 date / 3 week tour of Ireland called "Back To Basics". 2017 also marked his first visit to PolskaEire, a visit he would go on to repeat in 2018 and again in 2019.

The "Acoustic, Live & Honest" album, a collection of live performances and radio sessions, was released in late 2017. Other releases include a Live EP recorded in Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey and remixes of his own tracks "Ballad of A Troubadour" (AdamJLE) and "Crying Shame" (Greg Clifford).

2018 brought Barry Jay Hughes to gigs in the UK, Sweden and Poland as well as the release of the "Back To Basics Tour Documentary" which gives an insight into the world of an unsigned musician in Ireland.

Barry is now recording his first studio album. The first single "Diving In" was released in January 2019 with follow up singles "Replace" and "The Sound of Your Voice" released in March and May 2019.


"I love Falling Moon...
it's the perfect late night track that should be heard in broad daylight too!"
- Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Radio Broadcaster - RTÉ Radio1 & TV Broadcaster, Member of Hothouse Flowers)

“Barry’s Confident debut EP showcases a blend of rhythmic folk with an alt rock edge. His energetic live shows range from fully charged rock outs to memorable thoughtful piano compositions. A must see!”
- Dave Marron (Carrickmacross Arts Festival)

"Fantastic EP Launch of This Way Up. It was a pleasure to have you perform at Íontas. A highly anticipated gig that did not disappoint!"
- Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney

"Barry Jay Hughes' music is a fluid stream of free-flowing consciousness that is all but guaranteed to resonate with a huge fan base."
- Casey Ryan - Host of the Cutting Room Floor Podcast

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