Humphrey 'Huck' Astley is a writer and musician based in Oxford, England.
In the '00s, Astley founded Rain Over Bouville, a poetry press, and was a member of the much-loved noise-rock group Sextodecimo. He has since studied at Ruskin College and Oxford University and published several short collections of poetry, most recently The Gallows-Humored Melody (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016). His new pamphlet, The One-Sided Coin, is due in May.
In 2010, Huck & The Handsome Fee embarked on a US tour that would inspire Astley's three-part narrative album Alexander The Great: A Folk Operetta. Then, in 2013, Huck & The Xander Band partnered with PinDrop Music and adapted Alexander into a stage-show, which was selected for the PRS Foundation's New Music Plus development scheme. The show debuted at the Cambridge Junction in 2014 and has since been described as 'Raw and powerful... an impressive display of visual flair and mesmerising songwriting.' (York Press)
Astley is also a member of alt-americana band The Epstein, who released their third album Burn The Branches in 2016. When not working on original material, Astley writes for Sabotage Reviews and the Oxford Times and tutors for the Oxford Writers' House.
“Rich, poetic story-songs.” Artrocker
“Thank the swirling chaos for Humphrey Astley. His poems are elegant, classical... precisely contained worlds.” Black Heart
“A brilliant and unique talent.” Americana UK
“The verbal content is phenomenally well‐handled... His works do what other poems only purport to do.” David McLean
“A true artist... A singer who means it.” Monolith Cocktail