Message from h
May 14th 2018
It's my birthday and I see the felicitous messages are already appearing on the guestbook. You really are a gorgeous bunch. Thank you thank you. I'm having a quiet day at home on my own. The sun's shining and the sky is blue. Woo hoo. Mosley sent me a HBD email this morning pointing out that according to Wiki, my net worth is $16 million. So that's fantastic! All I have to do now is find out where it is and get my hands on it!
Toodleoo from the birthday boy.
Message from h
May 1st 2018
Greetings from the waiting room in Tyre Warehouse, Brackley. Nothing going on so thought I'd scribble.
The Marillion UK tour went really well. Ticket sales, vibe and the reaction on social media were all terrific. No one in band or crew went to hospital and I managed not to fall off anything and came through it physically and (in as much as one can) mentally unscathed. Happy days!
Now I'm back to a combination of "real life" and running to the studio for band jams and meetings. It's very real here at the Tyre Warehouse. The telly's on in the waiting room - one of those mid-morning programs about buying and selling houses - accompanied by the thrumping and whizzing of pneumatic wheel-nut removing tools in the workshop. Once I get out of here I'm off to the studio for a production meeting to address the visual aspects of next year's Marillion conventions. We need plenty of time to prepare and program these shows and we can't begin too soon. I'll be scrumming down with a team of "creatives", sound engineers, movie-makers and designers while Lucy worries in the corner trying to keep the reins on the budget. We have a team of terrific talent and terrific characters, so I'm looking forward to it.
I have a couple of solo shows across the summer/autumn:
Looking forward to Warsaw which was great last time, and also very much to St Mary's Church in Nantwich - part of the Words and Music Festival - a celebration of music and poetry which has already previously welcomed the artists listed below. Should be a craich...
Badly Drawn Boy, Mike Scott, Therapy?, Stornaway, Athlete, Seth Lakeman, Eddi Reader, The Lightning Seeds, The Magic Numbers, John Cooper Clarke, Gruff Rhys, Carol Ann Duffy, Barry Cryer, I Am Kloot, Don Paterson, Fyfe Dangerfield, Tim Burgess, Tom Robinson Band, Simon Armitage, King Creosote, Mary Gauthier, Mark Radcliffe, Barry Cryer, Eliza Carthy, Maddy Prior
I have 3 Christmas shows in the offing which I'll be announcing soon too.
"Real" h :o]
Message from h
April 10th 2018
Greetings from Gateshead where I am enjoying a quiet day off. The bloodyenglishweather's rotten so no need to go out really. We were turfed out of bed at 3 am to get on a ferry last night, and it was a further 3 hours before we arrived in Hollyhead and could return to "our fast moving beds" so I'm a bit sleepy.
Thanks to all who came to our shows in Belfast and Dublin. It was good for the soul to walk your streets again. I left my sunglasses in the Crown Bar, Belfast and no one nicked em. And I, of course, raised a quiet glass to William Butler Yeats in The Palace Bar, Dublin before returning to sound check at Vicar Street.
Great vibes both nights. Congrats all on the anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement. Long may the peace reign supreme in the island of Ireland.
Following Leanne's message on my guest book, I can tell y'all that there is a Kindle version of The Invisible Man Diaries on Amazon, but if you want hard copies, we are in the process of reprinting these in their original volume 1&2 form and these should be available from Racket later in the year.
See you soon.
I will make some more announcements about h Natural gigs later in the year. Maybe later this week!
Spring really IS coming... allegedly.
Love and handstands
Message from h
April 1st 2018
Happy Easter folks. As a kid, my family didn't make too much of a fuss about Easter, but now I'm married to Linette and the Danes get a bit more into it so there's decorations about the house. Rabbits and eggs and spring flowers. I reckon all this imagery is a bit more pagan than Christian but that suits me as I'm essentially a worshipper of the sun and nature. Some would argue that's only true if I can watch it through the window of a cocktail bar, but you get the drift.
So whatever your religion, or idea of a good weekend is, I hope you have one.
Peace be upon you and on the earth.
Message from h
March 15th 2018
I'm playing h Natural at a club called Progresja in Warsaw on June 1. Come to Poland! Warsaw's well worth a look.
In the process of signing 4000 postcards to go in the Brave special edition. Repetitive strain here we come... I've been at it all day Monday and not even half way through. It's a hard life being famous. Or to put it another way... it's a good job we're not more famous! Does anyone know where I can buy a rubber stamp?
Message from h
March 7th 2018
Well the snow's gone! My shameless appeals for guestbook messages seems to be paying off. Thanks for the latest influx from the USA. It WAS a good little tour, wasn't it? I've been upstairs at home trying out compressors. They're the thing that recording engineers put audio through to make their signal path more manageable. They can also improve and effect the recorded sound immeasurably. I'm currently digging the gear designed by Igor Sobczyk at IGS Audio. Sorry to come across all muso on you all, but if you are a musician or audio engineer, it's damnably good stuff. More soon, loves...
Message from h
March 3rd 2018
Wow! We had a lot of snow here in the village, thanks apparently, to "the Beast from the East". Personally, I'm all for it. Even though our heating exploded and the toilets froze and backed up, I quite like the fact that a good freeze causes all kinds of mayhem and adventures. I actually found myself RUNNING to the pub the other night - not because I was desperate to get there (which is, occasionally, true) but because the snow had brought out "the excited dog thing" in me.
Last Friday we all got back from Texas. I had never been to Texas and arrived in anticipation of cowboys and dust. It was raining, chilly and I think I saw one cowboy hat in 3 days, and that was in the airport. Nonetheless we had some cracking shows in parts of the US we haven't previously played so thanks to anyone who parted with their "hard-earned" to attend our shows. From what I've heard on social media everyone seemed as happy with the gigs as we were and finishing in Dallas was, for me, a highlight.
Maybe see you in April in the UK. We have a new setlist planned...
Leave a message on my guestbook if you will. I really enjoy reading them.
I will issue news on forthcoming h gigs in a bit...
Message from h
23rd December 2017
And so this is Christmas! Hooray!
Thank you everyone for one of the best years of my life. I'm very grateful to you all. Let's finish it in style.
What better Christmas present could we have than to send something to enable peace in Bethlehem?
I made a private vow to send myself a Christmas present each year. This is in the form of a donation to Hope Flowers school in Bethlehem. This year I sent the profit from my Liverpool gig.
Hope Flowers promotes peace and understanding, and educates, and feeds underprivileged kids in Bethlehem. I can't think of a better cause at Christmas time.
Any donation goes straight to the school. No middlemen take anything from the money.
If you read this, please help me by sending whatever small amount you may have to spare. Think of it as buying yourself a TRUE Christmas present.
And may the true spirit of Christmas glow in your heart and eyes. (Yeah! I can see it already...)
h Natural in Liverpool
1st October 2017
Good morning Naturalists.
I am happy to announce one last addition to my end-of-year solo doings.
On Friday December 1 I will play Liverpool's
Christ Church, Toxteth Park :
Put me in your Advent calendar (in window number 1)
Bring a bauble and help me dress the tree.
h Natural tour for 2017
16th September 2017
I'm happy to announce a new h Natural tour for 2017. Please check dates in the "Tour" section. I look forward to seeing you again. Bring a bauble for my Christmas tree and I'll bring the drink!
While you're here, would you read this please...
A few years ago after releasing STCBM which, of course included our "controversial" song, Gaza, I ran into, and became good friends with an Israeli called Oren Hertz. As a young man, he found himself in uniform with a gun in his hand, patrolling Gaza. He wanted to say a few words to you about a great cause we both believe in:
My name is Oren Hertz. I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but I was born and raised in Israel.
All Israeli citizens are mandated to serve in the Israeli military.
During my military service, I was exposed, unfortunately, to the grim ongoing situation in the occupied territories.
Please know that the purpose of my statement is not intended to spark a political debate. The purpose of this statement is to expose everyone to the Hope Flowers school. This is a school which was set up for poor kids with a mission to teach empathy and reconciliation. The idea was to bring Palestinians and Israelis together. While not all Palestinian and Israeli kids can attend this school due to the political climate, the school's ethos remains for those children who do attend. To my mind, any institution which tries to bring about peace and empathy at such a grass-roots level is a good thing.
I have seen the conflict first hand. I grew up in it. I was injured by an 11-year-old kid while serving as an Israeli soldier in Gaza. This kid had cultivated hatred in his eyes. Hatred that was bred towards Israeli soldiers. I guarantee you - this Palestinian kid was not born with hate in his heart.
I quickly came to realize that the rip between Israelis and Palestinians is, frankly, senseless. We are all brothers and sisters, and it is shameful that we argue over land and ideology. We can coexist!
But there's hope. Our hope is the next generation.
The Hope Flowers school does just that: educates both sides to love and tolerate our differences, bridge the gap, teach the next generation that nothing good comes from violence, and that love and compassion is the way of the future.
Please consider this great cause. Please consider giving hope to the future of my brothers and sisters. Give hope for the next generation. Our legacy, our actions today, will cultivate a better future to the next generation. Let us set an example.
I am immensely grateful for you taking the time to read this.
Kindest thanks, Oren Hertz
I'm indebted to Oren for sharing his perspectives.
Last year at a show in Holland I met a school teacher called Sarina Hoogendam who first told me about HOPE FLOWERS, the struggle that The Hope Flowers school has to get through each day. Money is very tight. Marillion contributed some money through our charity collections this year at Port Zelande and I have also donated the proceedings of an h show. It's truly magical to do a Christmas gig for a school in Bethlehem and I intend to make it an annual thing.
So could you all do me a little favour - would you have a look at the link below? Hope Flowers are trying to raise the money for a badly needed water-treatment plant. The crowdfunding for the water treatment plant started last week. An English company, ARUP, designed it and supports the building of it at low costs. (Get in!).
People also can go to
Please donate a small (or, if you're feeling flush, not so small) amount and help these deprived and troubled children grow up with empathy and peace in their hearts..
Initiatives like Hope Flowers, no matter how fraught with practical and financial problems, are precious and can truly make a difference in the world.
See you soon...
1st April 2017
You can write, but I won't reply..
Well, sometimes I do!
Thanks for the messages of support, get well and "there there".
I'd like to say I'm pain-free after my fall from the stage in Holland last Sunday, but that's not err, quite true.
Put it this way - I can tell it happened (!), but with a steady combination of paracetemol, ibuprofen and tequila, I think I'll be serviceable for the upcoming Poland weekend.
The good news is I've been thoroughly checked out by the doc and luckily there are no serious injuries.
Everyone has been great in showing concern over me. It's very touching.
As we say in UK... "There is life in the old dog yet."
100 Club show on Febuary 12th now SOLD OUT!
8th February 2017
One-off h Natural show in London
5th January 2017
Something to look forward to after Christmas... again!
Happy New Year, loves.
I'm happy to announce a one-off h Natural show before what will be another busy year for Marillion.
It will take place at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London on Sunday 12th February.
For those of you unfamiliar with these evenings, they are organic affairs which are more-or-less free to go in any direction the audience takes them, so they're never the same twice.
I'm hoping to invite up a special guest or two this time.. (Woooo!.....)
h Natural double DVD
1st December 2016
I have been somewhat badgered lately by folk asking when there will be some new h Natural show downloads available?
Well, good news, and much better than that!
I am proud to announce a double DVD!
DVD 1 is the movie of the (now-legendary, so they tell me) solo concert and "one-night-only" collaboration with Italian band Ranestrane ("Strange Frog") in Rome on September 12, 2015. As you will see and hear, their musicianship and sensitivity for my music was breathtaking. It was an extraordinary night and I'm so happy we managed to capture it.
Along with DVD 1 is a bonus DVD of my Christmas show in the Museum of History, Stockholm, last year. A Gothic and moody affair, but not without moments of the bizarre - not least when the chap ambled up and put his fingers in my hair as I sang "This is the 21st Century".
Two very different evenings but each with their own atmospheres in two of the world's most precious cities.
Available to order from 12th December
Love and aquaducts,
h in your Pocket (if you're wearing a duffle coat)
16th November 2016
Volume 1 & 2 of "The Invisible Man" the h Diaries have been packaged together into one substantial paperback and this is now available to preorder at http://www.miwkpublishing.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=124
Might make a handy, but lumpy stocking filler... or the perfect holiday read! See you in Sweden on Saturday 26th?...
h at IB Expo
30th October 2016
Two years ago I had the pleasure of playing a show in Sweden called "The IB Expo" with Richard Barbieri and chamber-rock ensemble Isildurs Bane. It was a chance for Richard and I to perform our music with IB's band, strings, brass, and percussion. We performed "Red Kite" and "Naked", as I recall. I also sang the wonderful IB song "Eyes" which I would recommend you check out.
I was hoping to be asked at some point to return and repeat the experience and, this year, IB not only requested my return but invited me to collaborate in the writing of their forthcoming album "Off the Radar". In doing so, I wrote the lyrics and sang the lead vocals for what turned out to be most of the album. The album will be split into two movements. i "Off the Radar" and ii "Colours Not Found in Nature". The latter contains 5 separate songs within it. I will travel to Sweden to perform this with the band/orchestra in Halmstad on November 26 (the night before Marillion's show in Aylesbury). This will be the first time this music will see the light of day (or the dark of night) as the album will not be mixed until December for a release early next year. It will be available through Racket Records.
"Would be lovely to see you in Halmstad if you're passing..."
26 November IB Expo Kulturhuset Furuvägen 42 HALMSTAD
IB Expo: http://www.ticketmaster.se/event/ib-expo-40-ar-biljetter/430883
h Natural Copenhagen
6th September 2016
h Natural Copenhagen. Saturday 24 September 2016
Ishøj Kultur Cafe, Ishøj, Denmark
Hello Naturalists. The Copenhagen Ishøj Kultur Cafe have agreed to open an area normally reserved for guests of the venue. This has freed-up a last few tickets. Beyond this the show will be sold out. Hope to see you there!
Hallo Naturalister. Ishøj Kultur Cafe har været så venlige at åbne et område af cafeen, som normalt er reserveret for gæster, da koncerten ellers er udsolgt. Dette betyder, at der nu er yderlige ganske få billetter sat til salg. Så skynd dig, hvis du vil sikre dig en billet!
Håber vi ses.
Message from h
23th May 2016
I am happy to announce a freak h Natural happening in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 24 this year. Copenhagen's lovely (if you haven't been) and I'm not bad either (if you overlook my dodgy piano-playing and ageing body), so it could be a very nice weekend all round.
See you there as well as everywhere else with Marillion?..
Message from h
5th February 2016
Well, I've done a fair few h natural shows now and, despite pre-show terrors, have enjoyed every single one. High points: Oslo crowd singing the "answer" vocal spontaneously during my ham-fisted attempt at Aha's "Take on Me", fabulous crowd vibes in Bonn, a great aftershow signing session in Utrecht, that bloke who put his hands in my hair throughout "This is the 21st Century" in Stockholm, the fans in the "cage" at St John's Church, Oxford, the first 'free tequila' evening ever in church in Liverpool and, just when I thought I'd finished, a bonus gig at the 100 Club, London where - strangely - I entered the zone and stayed there longer than I ever have. It was good to start with "Heroes" and end with "Life on Mars" for db. A zillion thanks to all who showed up to throw something into my Cage. I'm no longer starving - physically or spiritually. I'm swollen with, and by, your faith. That's me floating over your house right now.. :o]
h Gig at the legendary 100 Club
9th January 2016
Hello all you Naturists!
Huge thanks to everyone who came to my Christmas shows in Oslo, Bonn, Utrecht, Stockholm, Liverpool and Oxford. They were perhaps the most successful h Natural gigs to date - all 7 selling out. The vibe was throughly maintained and new traditions were born. Tequila!
I have received a number of comments lamenting the absence of a London show. I simply couldn't find the time to play London whilst maintaining my main priority (writing the next Marillion album) in the studio with the boys during the week.
HOWEVER.. I have been offered an evening at the legendary 100 Club, 100 Oxford St, London.
...so I am proud and excited to announce:
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AFTER CHRISTMAS on Sunday January 31st.
Don't bring a bauble, bring a shot-glass ...and we'll let the New Year in, fashionably late.
10th November 2015
Well, not long to my solo Xmas shows in December. I have titled it "The Family Tree" tour for obvious reasons. You are now more-or-less family, and, er... there'll be a tree.
For those unfamiliar with my traditions I invite you to bring a bauble and we'll dress the tree during the gig! All baubles are welcome although "home made" is always more festive.
See you soon,
Love peace and goodwill
Christmas Tour Sold Out!
15th September 2015
Looks like the Christmas tour is all sold out! Thank you loves and my apologies to those who missed it.
Stay tuned for the soon to be announced show in Stockholm on Sunday December 13th. Details to follow soon..
Have a good Autumn, you crazy kids..
Love and light
Welcome to the new site!
15th September 2015
Welcome to the new site!
I hope you like the new design. We felt it was high time for a little change.
Huge thanks to the 500 folks who came to my "Strangely Natural" show in Rome on Saturday. There were sublime moments, and everyone afterwards seemed to have enjoyed the evening. I think we trapped the spark and held it there, at least for a while..
I must thank the musicians Riccardo, Maurizio, Massimo and Danny for their great generosity, attention to detail and spirit. You made an otherwise-interesting evening become occasionally transcendent. Bravo. What a pleasure for me.
My December shows are selling out one-by-one so if you would like to join me for an evening of Christmassy goodwill, there are a handful of tickets left for Oxford, Stockholm and Oslo. It would be great to see you, to share the vibe, to dress the tree and to enjoy being around each other.
Love and light
Message from h
29th June 2015
Every once in a while, a musician comes along who redefines the sound of a musical instrument and how it can be used in the making of art. Such people are true innovators and rare talents.
Chris Squire was just that. He brought his instrument - the bass - to the front of Yes's music and endowed it with fabulous rasping, grinding melodic tones normally reserved for lead instruments. I first heard his chromatic upward run at the intro of "Starship Trooper" on the groundbreaking "The Yes Album". It was playing at a party when I was 17 and it knocked me out. From then on I was listening...
I was fortunate to meet him last year on the "Cruise to the Edge" and I was a good deal more nervous than I look in this picture. He was a almost a foot taller than me and quite a daunting figure, in addition to the awe I was already in. A giant, physically and musically.
Another true great has left us behind.
Rest in peace, Chris
H (SUPER)NATURAL concert in Gibraltar
March 2nd 2015
H (SUPER)NATURAL - A SPECIAL EVENING WITH STEVE HOGARTH & FRIENDS
GIBRALTAR CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR 30TH MAY
Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth will return to Gibraltar for a unique concert that promises to be unlike any other of his solo performances. The incomparable setting of Saint Michael's Cave is the venue for a concert that has already attracted international interest, such is the anticipation for this special musical event taking place on Saturday 30th May.
The concert, announced today by promoters GibMedia, is fully supported by Gibraltar Cultural Services and HM Government of Gibraltar and has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the event's partners and main sponsors, Isolas and Fiduciary. In addition, the organisers are grateful to Gibtelecom, Lewis Stagnetto Limited, GibOil, Sovereign Group and Chesterton for sponsoring this event that forms part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival of Art and Culture.
Steve Hogarth - also known as ‘h' - is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician who has fronted the legendary Marillion for over 25 years, helping reinvigorate and constantly redefine the band's sound via a succession of inventive, emotional albums like "Brave", "Marbles", "Seasons End" or the more recent "Sounds That Can't Be Made". A vibrant musical force, to those who already love Marillion, they're something special; to everyone else they're a love affair waiting to happen.
Central to the appeal and success of the Progressive Rock legends over the past 25 years has been the unmistakable voice and charisma of Steve Hogarth. It was in 2006 that he first embarked on his ‘h Natural' solo project, a series of intimate shows featuring just himself and a piano that already graced Saint Michael's Cave almost a decade ago and the British Overseas Territory's King's Chapel last year. A good friend of Gibraltar, Steve was intent on returning: "This will be my fourth time performing in my beloved Gibraltar. Last year's Literary Festival gig in the King's Chapel was truly special for me and I came home with that rare feeling that I had ‘nailed it'. Must be something in the water... I immediately began hustling to return, so the chance to play once again in the unique space that is St Michael's Cave is, well, icing on the cake. Unlike my usual strictly-solo shows, this time my son, Nial, will join me on stage to play cajon, and I'm also thrilled to have the fabulous Dave Gregory on hand to play guitar. Can't wait."
Nial is an accomplished drummer and this will be the first time father and son perform together, although Dave Gregory is no stranger to working with Steve. A member of the band XTC for 19 years, performing on the hits "Making Plans For Nigel", "Senses Working Overtime" and twelve studio albums, as well as recording with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Take That's Mark Owen, Dave is well known to Marillion fans through his work on Steve Hogarth's solo album "Ice Cream Genius" and as a member of Steve's star-studded h Band. The addition of these special guests will give a different, novel feel to what is already a show that will appeal to any music lover and not just Marillion fans. Steve's repertoire will be culled from his 25 years with Marillion but will also include covers of songs that have touched him throughout his life.
As far as the venue is concerned, with its fascinating stalactites and stalagmites producing beautiful shapes and forms, St Michael's Cave stands at 300 metres above sea level. As soon as you enter the Caves, the sense of drama is overwhelming; the coolness hits your senses along with the deep silence and mystique. The perfect venue for Steve Hogarth & Friends.
This is not the usual ‘h Natural' show. This is different. For one show only and exclusively in Gibraltar, this is h (Super)Natural. It's going to be special. It's going to be unique. It's going to be unforgettable.
Tickets, priced at £20, are available to buy online at www.buytickets.gi. Further details on the concert can be found at www.gibmedia.gi
webdesign by mark bredius 1997-2018