Hugh Reed is now based in Beijing, he's a Scotsman who has had a long musical career. His first single Six to Wan (621) was played extensively on BBC Radio One.
Following local TV appearances his band The Velvet Underpants’ were invited by Deborah Harry of the band ‘Blondie’ to support her on 11 dates throughout Britain in the winter of 1993. This culminated in Hugh and Debs doing a live duet of Waiting for the Man, which can be watched on youtube Deborah also faxed Lou to tell him about Hugh.
Hugh was then signed to Edinburgh’s Eclectic label. The Debut Album Take a Walk on the Clydeside was released receiving a lot of radio play not just in UK but also throughout, Europe, America and Canada.
Hugh describes himself as ‘multi talentless’ and is seen in a cameo role in the coolest film of the nineties Trainspotting - buying alcoholic drinks for the14 year old heroine of the movie, he loses out to Renton, the main man, and gets his pint nicked in the process. Watch out for the geyser with sideburns and a frilly shirt. More recently he appeared in the Jackie Chan movie ’12 Zodiacs’ as a butler and has also appeared on CCTV China in many acting roles such as Robert Maxwell, Henry Kissinger, a Russian ambassador, a Tory politician and an American doctor.
Hugh previously toured extensively throughout the U.K., Germany, Holland, Belgium and Ireland. Hugh speaks intermediate Chinese and now appears regularly in Beijing doing stand up comedy in Chinese - a growing phenomen now . He also does musical/ comedy performances in Rock clubs , KTV bars etc. and has toured extensively in China. He was featured in the BBC documentary 'Scots in China' (see link below)
Hugh has developed a one man music comedy show displaying both his Scottish roots and Chinese influences - called 'Ni fa feng le ma?'你发疯了吗' - R U Crazy? which he hopes to showcase at the Edinburgh Festival in 2020.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2019-01/30/content_37433490.htm China Daily - profile.
BBC Scots in China - presented by Neil Oliver - last 15minutes
Ep2 https://vimeo.com/310596147 Password: SICWW2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4K0gb7iUmE Hugh Reed on Chinese CCTV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_7w3e_eIUc&t=1067s Hugh Reed - Beijing Spirit - documentary