December 6, 2004

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Artist: Marsh, Hugh




Classically trained extreme violinist Hugh Marsh played nothing but classical music from age 5 until he was 20 in Ottawa. He also became interested in saxophone but stuck with the violin because of his extensive training and got his first taste of the musical big leagues after spending 1978 in Toronto working a jazz concert series at the Art Gallery. Moe Koffman spotted the violinist and had Marsh opening concerts for him. This was followed by a steady job at the top Toronto jazz club George's Spaghetti House. While back home in Ottawa at Christmas time in 1979, Marsh had a chance encounter with Bruce Cockburn who asked Marsh to join him, along with his brother, bassist Fergus Marsh (who was already in Cockburn's act). Marsh branched out in 1984 with the independent album 'The Bear Walks' in 1984 with fellow musical support from Doug Riley (keyboards), Peter Cardinalli (guitar, production), Michael Brecker (tenor sax)and the album was soon scooped up by Duke Street Records. The album did so well that other territories soon hopped on the bandwagon with releases by Verabra Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1986. His follow-up album, 'Shaking The Pumpkin' (1987), featured another eclectic line-up of musical supporters including Bruce Cockburn (on "How The Violin Was Born"), Dalbello (on "Rules Are Made To Be Broken") and singer Robert Palmer on a version of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze". That year Marsh was also seen in live settings at the Toronto Music Gallery doing improvisational pieces with Mary Margaret O'Hara. During the production of his next work, Marsh broke a finger while tossing a football with producer Jon Goldsmith and was sidelined for 6 weeks. In January 1989 Chicago radio station WYTZ re-discovered Marsh's collaboration with Robert Palmer and "Purple Haze" became a legit hit. Marsh's 'Shaking The Pumpkin' was re-issued on Soundwings Records in the US.




Singles
1984 Versace/Znefu For Y'all (Duke Street/WEA) 1987 Purple Haze (Duke Street/WEA) [with Robert Palmer] 1989 Purple Haze [re-issue] (Soundwings - US) [with Robert Palmer]

Albums
1984 The Bear Walks (Duke Street/WEA) 1987 Shaking The Pumpkin (Duke Street/WEA) 1989 Shaking The Pumpkin [re-issue] (Soundwings - US)

Video


Compilation Tracks
1996 cut on 'Sweet Relief II' (???) - compilation 1997 cut on 'Carols of Christmas, Vol. 2' (???) - compilation

Collaboration Tracks
with BRUCE COCKBURN 1980 Humans (True North) - [Violin] 1981 Inner City Front (True North) - [Mandolin, Violin] 1983 Trouble with Normal (True North) - [Mandolin, Violin] 1986 World of Wonders - [Violin] 1989 Big Circumstance - [Mandolin, Violin] 1993 Christmas - [Violin] with MARY MARGARET O'HARA 1988 Miss America (Virgin) - [Violin, DX-7] with RAFFI 1990 Evergreen Everblue - [Violin] with LOREENA McKENNITT 1992 The Visit (Warner Music) - [Fiddle] 1994 Mask & Mirror (Warner Music) - [Fiddle] 1997 Book Of Secrets (Warner Music) - [Violin] with BROOKS WILLIAMS 1995 Knife Edge - [Violin] 1997 Seven Sisters - [Electric Violin] with ALANNAH MYLES 1995 Alannah (Atlantic) - [Violin] 1998 Arival - [Violin] with BRIAN HUGHES 1995 Straight to You - [Violin] with THE BARENAKED LADIES 1996 Born On A Pirate Ship - [Fiddle] with THE HENRYS 1996 Puerto Angel - [Violin]






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