Brian Hughes (musician)

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Brian Hughes
Born (1955-05-05) 5 May 1955 (age 63)
Vegreville, Alberta
Origin Canada
Genres Smooth jazz, Latin
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar, oud, bouzouki, electric sitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Justin Time, Sylvan House
Associated acts Loreena McKennitt

Brian Hughes (born 5 May 1955 in Vegreville, Alberta) is a Canadian guitarist whose work draws from smooth jazz and Latin music. Although known as a guitarist, Hughes also plays oud, bouzouki, and balalaika. For over twenty years, he has worked in the studio with singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt,[1] co-produced many of her recordings, and leads her touring band.

Music career[edit]

Hughes grew up in Alberta, Canada and studied at Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) in Edmonton and the Banff School of Fine Arts with guitarists Ed Bickert and Gene Bertoncini. In 1981 he moved temporarily to Los Angeles where he studied at the Guitar Institute with Pat Martino, Joe Diorio, and Robben Ford.

In 1987 Hughes relocated to Toronto where he began working with harpist Loreena McKennitt. In 1991 he recorded Between Dusk...and Dreaming, his first album as a leader, for Justin Time Records, followed by Under One Sky the next year. He started his own label, Sylvan House Music, which was distributed by Warner Music Canada and licensed to Higher Octave Music/EMI in the U.S. and abroad. He recorded three more albums (Straight to You, One 2 One, and Shakin' Not Stirred) under this arrangement before releasing Along the Way with A440 Music Group in 2003. He returned to his Sylvan House Music imprint for the release of Live (2007), No Reservations (concert DVD, 2009), and Fast Train to a Quiet Place in 2011. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2000.

Many of his works can be heard on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8's and on Sirius XM's Watercolors channel.


Hughes received the Society of Canadian Authors and Composers (SOCAN) Jazz and Instrumental Composer of the Year award from 1997–2001 and in 2006 and 2008.

He was nominated for a Juno Award as "Producer of the Year" in 1991 for the Loreena McKennitt album The Visit.


  • 1991 Between Dusk...and Dreaming (Justin Time)
  • 1992 Under One Sky (Justin Time)
  • 1996 Straight to You (Higher Octave)
  • 1998 One 2 One (Higher Octave)
  • 1999 Shakin' Not Stirred (Higher Octave)
  • 2003 Along the Way (A440 Music Group)
  • 2007 Live (Sylvan House)
  • 2009 No Reservations – concert DVD (Sylvan House)
  • 2011 Fast Train to a Quiet Place (Sylvan House)[2]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Brian Hughes". AMG. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Brian Hughes | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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