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“words and music full of poetry and passion” – The Boston Globe

“One of the top underground folkies of the last generation returns to music after completing his MD degree and he seems to be even more in touch with his humanity with this unlikely ode to being a parent and celebrating his offspring. Even if there was still hits radio, this isn’t the kind of stuff that would land on it but the songs are the kind that reside on personal hit parades for long stretches. A solid adult set that really goes above and beyond.” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review

Hugh Blumenfeld is familiar to devotees of the New Folk songwriting movement of the last 25 years; his work is literate and edgy, moving from robust satire to spellbinding lyric and melodic artistry. The last few years have seem him immersed in medical school on his way to becoming an M.D. practicing family medicine in Hartford, CT; and becoming a father to two boys, Blake and Carson. DAD blends playful, tender songs for young children with pieces exploring parenthood, childhood, and the love that lights the generations. The juxtapositions of mood reflect the complex, thrilling world of the new family. Beautifully packaged and programmed.

Welcome to the World
NICU at Nite
Cradle Song
Rock You
Sail On Little Sailor
I Knew a Boy
Daddy I’m Awake
Cry Little Guy
Wonder Wonder Why
Daddy’s Got You Now
Sad Hard Dream
Sleep Sarah Sleep
Till the Morning
You Gotta Have coffee
My Little Boy’s Moon

produced by David Seitz

HB- vocal, guitar
Mark Dann – guitars, bass, ukulele
Kate Ettinger, Diane Chodkowski, Rod MacDonald – harmony vocals
Mark Ettinger – dobro
Rich Zukor – percussion
Skip Brevis, Asia Mei – piano
Ben Harrington – trombone
Brian McWhorter – trumpet
Tony Barba – clarinet
Tim Carbone – fiddle
Jessie Reagen – cello

Hugh has performed across the U.S. and abroad, with tours in Europe and Israel. He opened the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2000 and closed the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival with Ani DiFranco in 1996. He has played house concerts and coffeehouses as well as major clubs and theatres including NYC’s legendary Bottom Line, D.C.’s Birchmere, Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts, and the Kennedy Performance Center’s Millenium Stage series. He has opened for Suzanne Vega, John Mayer, Tom Rush, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Arlo Guthrie, Iris Dement and Greg Brown.

Hugh released his first album as an LP, The Strong In Spirit, on his own label in 1988. His second collection of songs, Barehanded (1991), privately issued on cassette, was picked up by the New York indie label Prime-CD to become their debut release in 1993, garnering national attention and a spread in Performing Songwriter as one of the top 12 independent projects of the year. Prime-CD re-released The Strong In Spirit the following year and went on to put out two more albums, Mozart’s Money (1996) and Rocket Science (1998). All four releases benefited from production and engineering talents of David Seitz and Mark Dann and were recognized with media awards (see below). Hugh recorded Big Red for the Swiss label Brambus Records in 2000 while touring Europe with Swiss country music star Doris Ackermann and percussionist Shane Shanahan who went on to tour with Yo-Yo Ma. Mr Jekyll & Dr Hyde, a ragged collection of live recordings and basement tapes of political songs, was originally released through where 7 of the songs topped the political humor chart for months with over 70,000 downloads. He also wrote and performed Red Angel: The Book of Esau, a one-man musical that takes the ancient bible story of sibling rivalry, deceit and angel-wrestling and turns it on its head.

Born in NYC, Hugh grew up mostly in northern New Jersey. After earning degrees in both Biology and Humanities from M.I.T. and a Masters in English from University of Chicago, Hugh went on to get his doctorate in English at N.Y.U. and taught at N.Y.U., Brooklyn College, Bard College, U Conn and finally Eastern Connecticut State University as an assistant professor. Living in Greenwich Village during the early 80’s he became very active in the thriving folk scene there, performing at the Speak Easy, Folk City and The Bottom Line, and participating in the legendary weekly Songwriters Exchange. He worked on the Fast Folk Musical Magazine for many years, serving as Associate Editor and Board member from 1986-1991 and again from 1997-99 when the operation was taken over by the Smithsonian. He recorded songs for ten issues of the Magazine and is included in Fast Folk: A Community of Songwriters, a compilation of 36 previously unreleased tracks issued by Smithsonian Folkways in 2002.

Hugh began working as a musician full time in 1994, touring 100-150 days a year and teaching workshops and artist residencies. The Connecticut Commission on the Arts selected him as a Master Teaching Artist in 1995 and named him Connecticut’s official State Troubadour for 1999 and 2000. He performed often for the Department of Mental Retardation, volunteered as a counselor at the American Cancer Society’s Camp Rising Sun, and performed at many memorial services. His interest in music and healing finally led him back to his early interest in medicine. He worked for Hartford Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department and did research on music and premies at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s NICU before enrolling in medical school in 2003. He is now a doctor and practices family medicine in Hartford.

Hugh continues to perform, teach and write about folk music. He maintains The Ballad Tree, a website he originally created as’s folk music guide, and writes occasionally for Sing Out! Magazine. In October 2003, he spoke and sang at the 4th annual UNESCO Conference on Human Rights along with Hugh Masekela.


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