Hugh McManners – singer-songwriter. Been playing other people’s music since the Seventies while always wanting to write my own songs. But life got in the way.
So in 2017, I turned this round – recording; and getting out to play my own music solo acoustic style. Then formed the Linden Tree Band.
Being a touch older than the preferred age bracket for record labels, so this is about finding an audience. There are so many lovely people out there who want to connect, and to relate to songs. I’m so pleased we’ve found you.
Psyche folk rock; letting each song flower in its own way, to become what suits it best.
If it wants to be a daffodil rather than a rose, that’s fine – I have Cornish sympathies. Style and genre are less important; but as in the band we’re rockers at heart. Our band gigs will swing from acoustic to electric rock. (Please refer to our recent promotional EP “Phoenix Rising” for guidance 😉 )
I’m recording acoustic songs at the moment. Thinking of putting up a few of these as singles for download; then maybe an acoustic album with lyrics booklet to support my solo acoustic gigs. I’m also developing an electric solo live set.
But we’re not selling – rather finding our audience. (Although we do have to charge to send you the CD version of the EP…) Our recordings are therefore not intended as releases, but are for the special people who’ll like what we’re doing – as with our band EP “Phoenix Rising”.
What it’s like
I’m into lyrics and stories – examples: restoring a 1943 Indian Chief motorbike then getting married; a night express train stopping at an empty station, the moon, the ocean and a Goddess; emerging triumphant from the ashes of meltdown; and soon to come a 22nd century cyber love story, and the life of a 14th century warrior princess in her retirement…
Also I’m a war veteran, so that’s another perspective. (As you’d imagine, I’ve written several war protest songs.)
Some of my songs look at the dark side – death, depression, being trapped in dark places. But it’s about living in the light – escape, freedom and finding your own path.
Linden Tree is a three-piece band. I sing, and play acoustic and electric guitar, with my long-time friends bass guitarist Steve Turner, and drummer Jeff Walker. Another long-time friend is our producer Jez Coad (Simple Minds). Read our bios.
Work in Progress
I’ve already written lotsa songs. An album’s worth are ready for recording. We’ll gradually produce and release ’em; and I’m writing more.
After encouragement from people on Facebook, we printed up a five-song EP in high quality sound (.wav) on a CD, with a lyrics booklet.
You can hear this for free on here, with mp3 downloads available on iTunes, CD Baby and Google Play.
However we’d much prefer you to enjoy the full glory of our band’s work without having the life compressed out of it on mp3. Currently, the CD is the only way we can offer that to you.
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Singer-Songwriter and guitar player for the Linden Tree Band