‘Diving In’ is the eagerly awaited return from Barry Jay Hughes, an accomplished solo-artist who has been working on various projects over the past two years. His first original release since 2016, ‘Diving In’ is the latest addition to the Monaghan musician’s repertoire, having two self-released EPs, a live EP and a live album. Previous singles, ‘Crying Shame’ and ‘Ballad of a Troubadour’ were remixed and re-released. Barry Jay’s extensive back catalog is a testament to his dedication to the creative process, this newest single seeing him dive back into the original Irish music scene; where he’s well-known from his previous endeavors.
‘Diving In’ is an evocative track with powerful lyrics, creating visual images as you listen. The emotions can be not only heard but also felt from every chord that's played, every word that's sung. Barry Jay Hughes' vocal elevates the song to the new heights without losing the message of the song. The cello is an instrument that pulls the right strings in your heart and makes you discover emotions hidden deep inside you when you let the music and the words come to you.
Intense lyrics are Barry Jay Hughes' trademark, see an example here
"AND IF YOU SMILE, SHOULD I SMILE BACK
AND IF YOU WAVE, SHOULD I RAISE MY HAND..."