On the 14th anniversary of his death, we pay tribute to Mic Christopher and show a video with Glen Hansard, as they perform Michelle Shocked’s ‘Fogtown'
14 years ago today, we lost the unmistakable voice of the great Mic Christopher.
Mic was born in the Bronx in New York, to Irish parents, and the family moved back to Dublin when he was just three years of age. One of the finest talents of his era, like Glen Hansard and Paddy Casey, he started out as a busker. In his far too short career, Mr. Christopher left countless songs and broken strings on the streets of Dublin – and succeeded in changing the landscape of the musical world he grew up in.
Following an accident, when he slipped down a stairs, in Groningen, Holland, on 18 November, 2001, Mic went into a coma, caused by swelling on the brain. He never recovered and died on 29 November, all of 14 years ago today. His only album, the award-winning Skylarkin’ was released post-humously, in 2002.
In the next issue of Hot Press, we speak to some of Mic’s closest friends and family, as a way of paying our respects to one of the High Kings of Grafton Street. In the meantime, we thought we’d remember him on the anniversary of his sad and untimely death by hearing a special performance...
Here is a video of Mic and Glen Hansard (pictured above with Mic) singing Michelle Shocked’s ‘Fogtown' in New York in 2001. The video was shot by Patrick Glennon, who also took the photograph.
Bás Mic Christopher 29/9/01 - A Special tribute in Irish (and English) by Rossa O'SnodaighRead More
Held in the Dutch city of Groningen, this year's Eurosonic Festival brought back some painful memories for Irish attendees, The Frames. Hot Press' John Walshe followed the band to the site where Mic Christopher lost his life.Read More
The family and fans of the late singer-songwriter are delighted with the use of one of his songs for a new Guinness advert.Read More
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The tragic death of Mic Christopher before Christmas came as a terrible blow to his many friends and fans (see letters page). Here our own Kim Porcelli recalls her memorable encounters with "an exceedingly generous soul".Read More