Hugh and Lesley Loughlin, a husband and wife duo, are Greensand Ridge.
We perform a wide variety of material in an acoustic style, ranging from folk revival, through singer-songwriter and folk rock to traditional and contemporary folk songs using our own arrangements.
Our aim is to entertain through our thoughtful and musically interesting interpretations with an emphasis on well told stories with beautiful melodies performed with musicality, beauty of tone and clarity of diction.
Featuring original material as well as songs from Joni Mitchell, Kate Rusby, John Denver, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Graham Moore, Bella Hardy, Alison Krauss and many, many more.
We always encourage audience participation on well-known choruses!
Out of all the acts I work with, their passion for their art & genre, the enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail is something that really makes them stand out.
I also love the fact that they incorporate songs from many different styles and do them their own way whilst also making them instantly recognisable thanks to the aforementioned attention to detail.
Thank you to Lesley and Hugh for giving us such an enjoyable Christmas concert. They had created a tailor made programme specially for us, full of festive season songs, but with a difference. Some were ones we knew, and others quite new and fresh.
They are both true professionals and they work together beautifully. Their arrangements are their own, and Lesley's voice is lovely to hear, pure and true.
Lesley and Hugh's performance of a well-balanced selection of songs engaged and entranced the audience.
The songs all had a strong narrative and Lesley's ability to relate and respond to the audience held their attention and encouraged them to participate in the songs.
Lesley and Hugh work together in creative harmony with Lesley's beautiful and expressive voice supported and enhanced by Hugh's sensitive accompaniment on the guitar.
I feel it is always a privilege to hear Greensand Ridge (Lesley and Hugh) perform. A true fusion of clever folk melodies and many years of classic singing training has lead to their unique combination of voice and guitar. I love the edge they bring to well-known songs and melodies and the choice of unique and unfamiliar songs always leaves me wanting to hear more. Songs such as 'Island of Apples', wonderful!
I enjoy hearing the story behind each song and then when I close my eyes to listen I am transported to either another world, place or time. The array of songs performed may range from haunting, subtle and sweet to dynamic, jazzy and fun depending on what they have chosen to be the order of the night.
Lesley is a joy to listen to with expression evident within her voice as she becomes emersed in the songs she is performing. She manages to draw you in as she becomes the character in each song as Hugh backs this up with his sweeping dynamics and light touch. Hugh's skilful guitar playing ranges from sensitive, romantic and light, to purposeful and playful. The strength of connectedness and passion for their music shines through more and more with the performance of each song. A pleasure to watch and hear!
The combination of the two just makes each performance an absolute joy and pleasure to listen to. I am always left wanting more of the Greensand Ridge!