I’m Hugh McManners – our singer-songwriter. I’ve been doing music on and off since the 1970s, including 22 years in a London covers band. But music’s never been full time for me. Life got in the way – jobs, family… Nevertheless, I always felt I should be writing my own songs.
Finally, I realised there was no more time to waste – that I must get on and do this. So I formed the Linden Tree Band in 2017.
I’m not signed to any labels. I’m possibly a bit beyond their preferred age bracket. Hence I’m not exactly in the running to become rich or famous – but who cares. I simply want to find people who like my music, then share it with them.
The band’s overall genre is hard to define. Some songs are definitely rock, some folk, some a bit pop-like, psychdeliccy – or just plain weird… We don’t yet know how it will develop. We’ll be putting out singles certainly. Maybe albums with different styles?
Or maybe it doesn’t matter – each song can find its own way?
What it’s like
Lyrics matter to me at least as much as the music. Sometimes I write of the images that come into my head – for example, riding a vintage Indian motorbike; or imagining the life of a warrior princess in her retirement…
Also I’m a war veteran, so that’s another major theme.
Some of the songs look at the dark side – at death, depression, being trapped in dark places. But there’s always light – escape, freedom and finding your own path.
Decades in other people’s bands and running my own functions band means I’m lucky enough to have really great musician friends. Some very serious people are involved here – and in many ways I’m the least experienced.
Linden Tree is currently a three-piece band. Me on vocals playing acoustic and electric guitar, Steve Turner on bass guitar and double bass, and Jeff Walker on drums. Read our musician bios
Work in Progress
I’ve already written quite a few songs, and am writing more. An album’s worth are ready for recording. We’ll gradually produce and release them throughout 2019.
Having enjoyed a lot of interest on Facebook, we’ve just put out a five-song EP with high quality sound (.wav) on a CD, and as mp3’s on the download services. The next move is likely to be our first proper release – of a single.
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Singer-Songwriter for the Linden Tree Band