It’s hard not to crack a smile when listening to his easily flowing bop-inflected lines.– The Irish Times
Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., Argentina and China, working as a sideman and also leading his own groups.
He has performed with a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists including: John Stowell, Peter Bernstein, Jim Mullen, Louis Stewart, Nigel Clark, Daniel Corzo, Phil Robson, Terry Smith, James Williams, Brad Mehldau, Frank Harrison, Brian Kelloch, Mike Carr, Scott Hamilton, Tim Ries Rolling Stones Project (w/Bernard Fowler and Michael Davis), Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Alan Barnes, Harry Allen, Spike Robinson, Ruben Gonzales, Joe Temperley, Bobby Wellins, Gilad Atzmon, Guy Barker, Jon Faddis, Bruce Adams, Anders Bercrantz, Bobby Shew, Dwayne Eubanks, Roy Williams, George Masso, Marshall Gilkes, Peter Appleyard, Tony Miceli, Georgie Fame, Cleveland Wattkiss, Stacey Kent, Christine Tobin, Sara Lazarus, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, Ronnie Drew, Peter Washington, Jeremy Brown, Wayne Bachelor, Javier Colina, John Wadham, Stephen Keogh, John Riley. Also many wonderful Irish musicians, too many to mention here.
Besides featuring on many recordings as a sideman, Hugh has released three CDs as leader, "Yes Indeed" (1998) w/ James Williams, Peter Washington, Darren Beckett, "Spirit Level" (2001) (both recorded in New York) and "Sketches of Now" (2008). “The Day of the Duo” (2014) is a duo recording with renowned Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark. In March 2016, a duo recording "Two Heads are Better Than One"with vocalist Honor Heffernan was released.Hugh is the founder and organizer and host of the extremely successful and acclaimed monthly event “The Dublin Guitar Night”. The event showcases national and international guitar players across all genres.
Current activity includes “ The Hugh Buckley Group”, a vehicle for his original compositions, a guitar duo with Nigel Clark, a vocal/guitar duo with songstress Honor Heffernan, guitarist with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and solo guitar performances. He is coordinator of the “Guitar Gathering” at the Cork Jazz Festival. Besides performing, Hugh regularly conducts guitar workshops and teaches privately. He holds a 1st class honours Master of Music degree from DIT Dublin.