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Fairhazel is the moniker of 22 year old British/South African singer songwriter Hugh Macdonald. Born in Brighton but raised in London, Cape Town and Paris, Hugh left Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2018 returning to London to work with Communion Music under the name Fairhazel, releasing his first single 7x7 in February to great critical acclaim. Roisin O’Connor of The Independent described it as having "tender, whispering vocals that recall the likes of Villagers, Ben Howard and Sufjan Stevens”.
Inspired by artists France Gall, Harry Nilsson and Andy Shauf among others, Fairhazel has established himself as a musical storyteller blurring the lines between fiction and true stories. He hopes to draw the attention away from music that revolves around himself, but instead works to tells other people's stories, or to create fictional scenes, like a film compressed into 4 minutes.
At his studio in London, he works on creating all aspects of his music himself from songwriting, arrangement, production, playing and engineering as well as mixing and mastering all of his music.
Although Fairhazel is a solo venture in the studio, a band accompanies him at shows and he has opened for Agnes Obel, Banfi and Juanita Stein, as well as played Counting Crow’s New York festival and Underwater Sunshine and Whispering Bob Harris’s Under the Apple Tree. The band is modular and often brings in musicians from the area the show is in, with the goal to create a community around music, reminiscent of a '60s Laurel Canyon-esque scene of like-minded creatives.
After a three month trip and tour across the US in late 2018, which included a five day long train, getting stranded in the Californian desert after a lightning storm at a psychedelic rock festival, too many Greyhound buses, and many interactions with many strange people, Hugh wrote nine songs based on various stories he had gathered from strangers he met along the way and recorded them back home in London.
Home Movies, the collection of nine songs and his debut album will be released in late 2019, along with (hopefully) a non-ironic Christmas EP.