Mick McHugh has been enthralling audiences in his hometown of Byron Bay and has recently secured a national tour supporting Ralph McTell (Streets of London) across the nation along with an inclusion in Byron Bay Blues fest-ahead of the release of his new CD “You’re Perfect”. Mick’s music is described as contemporary Irish folk– with a strong intention to inspire and disseminate positive vibes through his lyrics and live performances. He has been likened to Luka Bloom and Cat Stevens, but with his own unique style. “I write when I’m emotionally moved by something, from the heart and adapt my songs to mimic good old tales of life - like one of my feature tracks that’s gaining momentum ‘You’re Perfect’ I wrote that to teach my kids that we are fine just the way we are” said Mick. Writing of love, life and all things in-between with that ‘oh so Irish accent’ gives Mick the edge – engaging crowds with his unique story telling coupled with the ability to play guitar, harmonica, foot percussion and belt out lyrics, literally a one man band. Asked how his music career came about – Mick said “My passion to do something I love and I get inspiration from being a husband, a dad, a friend, missing my family in Ireland. I look for the ‘universal thread’ so that people can relate to the songs” A chance meeting in Dublin when he was twenty-four with his future Australian singer-songwriter wife and fast-forward ten years he’s a full-time musician with two children which he claims are the reason to live the life he believes in and loves. Less than five years ago he left his engineering and teaching behind-Mick is thrilled with his music success thus far and its certainly a long way from the tears he shed when working twelve hour shifts making printer ink cartridges for Hewlett Packard. “I left it all behind and decided I wanted to do something that I believed made the world a better place, touched people’s hearts and inspired.” Mick said. Since arriving in Australia the Irish Troubadour has supported the likes of Pete Murray, Damien Leith, Paddy Casey and Aslan (Ireland) - as well as claiming the title of the outright winner of the ‘Raw Talent Quest’ on the Gold Coast. Mick’s schedule is full for 2012 - kicking off with the Brisbane Irish Festival followed by a Byron Blues appearance and then a national support tour with famed UK singer- songwriter Ralph McTell. “I know I’m on the right track when I get asked to play Blues Fest and the likes of Ralph McTell want me to play alongside them” said Mick.