Steve Hogarth (h)

Ancient History...

Before joining Marillion, Mr. h was keyboard player and co-vocalist for the Europeans from 1981 to 1984, releasing the albums Vocabulary, Europeans Live, and Recurring Dreams.

After limited success in Europe and a radio hit (The Animal Song) in the US with the Europeans, Steve left the band with guitarist Colin Woore to record under the name How We Live, releasing one album, Dry Land (the title track of which was subsequently covered by Marillion on Holidays in Eden) in 1987.

In 1989, Mr. h joined Marillion as lead singer, lyricist, guitar, keys, and occasional cricket bat.

In 1997, Steve recorded his first solo album outside Marillion. Ice Cream Genius was released under the band name "h" in Europe, and later in the US simply as "Steve Hogarth."

After touring with the all-star "h Band" from 2000-2003, h released a double live album Live Spirit Live Body.

2006 saw Steve embark on his ongoing "h Natural" project - a series of intimate shows featuring just h and a piano playing songs from his entire career, and songs by other artists who have influenced him over the years.

2007 saw the release of the aptly titled h Natural DVD - a complete film of one of the shows, recorded in Sheffield. In 2008 he released a second h Natural DVD Naked In The Chapel of the live show at London's Union Chapel and 2010 saw the release of a best-of-live CD Natural Selection.

More Recent History...

2012 and 2013 saw h collaborating with Richard Barbieri releasing their critically-acclaimed album and mini album Not The Weapon But The Hand and Arc Light.

2014 saw the release of Mr h's first book The Invisible Man Diaries in two volumes - Volume 1 (1991-1997) released in June and Volume 2 (1998-2014) released in November.

December 2016 saw the release of Friends, Romans - a DVD of the collaboration between h and Italian band RanestRane performed in Rome on 12 Sept 2015. An audio CD followed in January 2017.

During the summer of 2016 (whilst finishing the Marillion album F E A R), h collaborated with Swedish chamber-rock band Isildurs Bane, writing all lyrics and singing lead vocals on their album Colours Not Found In Nature.

On 26 November 2016, he performed this entire work with Isildurs Bane in Halmstad, Sweden.

A third collaboration project with Richard Barbieri is ongoing and the latest release has just been announced.

In January 2017, h was voted Best Lead Vocalist and Man of the Year in the Readers Poll by Prog Magazine. Individual members of Marillion also each achieved #1 status in their respective fields.

In April 2020, h launched his own podcast, The Corona Diaries.

In 2023, Mr. h released H Natural Live - a DVD of his 17 December 2022 performance of his annual Christmas show at St John the Evangelist Church in Oxford.