Huwie Takes the Mic; Huwie Price Is a Rising Star of the South Wales Open Mic Scene. the Singer-Songwriter Tells Dave Owens Tales of Moustachioed Rock Gods, Heckling Welsh Singers and the Influence of a Certain Media Baron on His Burgeoning Career

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IT appears it was the unlikely figure of media baron Rupert Murdoch who put Cardiff-based singer-songwriter Huwie Price on the road to acoustic success.

The musician, who releases his new EP Folds this week, reveals his desire to perform as a solo performer came one fateful moment when he was selling Sky TV packages door-to-door in South Wales to make ends meet.

"Well I was trying to sell Sky," he laughs. "I remember I was knocking doors in Penarth and one of the guys I sold Sky to successfully, one of the very few, gave me a John Martyn CD.

"When I listened to the CD I thought wow, that's a much fuller sound than I thought you could get with an acoustic guitar. It was a bit of a revelation really."

So Rupert Murdoch shaped your musical fate? "Oh my god, don't say that," Huwie shrieks.

"That's the intro for the piece sorted then," I reply.

"Oh must you?" he fires back.

Sorry Huwie.

The 25-year-old has had quite a nomadic musical upbringing. He was born in London to a Welsh father, his dad is from Pontardulais, West Glamorgan, and a Londoner mother.

"She was born in sight of Big Ben which she never tires of telling people!" Up until the point of his musical reawakening, Huwie had played in a succession of different bands as his family moved from London to Exeter and then to Leicester - thanks to his dad's job as a university lecturer.

His formal musical education was equally as logistically skewiff.

"I got a guitar when I was 10, but I used to play at other people's houses before that," he remembers.

"I got quite good before I owned my own guitar which is unusual, but I used to make excuses to go to my friend's house. I didn't particularly like him but he had some guitars, which I used to have a play with.

"That's bad isn't it. I hope he's not living in South Wales now and reads this!" His early years like many youngsters were shaped by his sibling's record collection. And a certain moustachioed rock icon.

"Queen were the biggest influence - my brother had their Greatest Hits album and Night At The Opera which I loved," he says. …