- 09 Sep 21
Proceeds from the gig will go towards Aidlink. Cover photo: Nella Synge
To mark what would have been Mic Christopher's 52nd birthday, a special gig is set to take place in Whelan's in Dublin, on Tuesday, September 21 – featuring Ailbhe Reddy, Cry Monster Cry, Mundy, Niamh Regan, Paddy Casey and Steve Wickham.
Presented by Ireland In Music, Whelan's, Loza, Born Optimistic and Aidlink, the gig takes place on the 20th anniversary of the Irish singer-songwriter's last birthday. The show also coincides with the release of a special live recording of Mic's final birthday gig at The Lobby Bar in Cork.
Live At The Lobby was recorded twenty years ago in the now closed legendary Cork venue. The clock ticked midnight during the gig, marking Mic’s 32nd birthday. He died two months later.
The iconic gig was recorded from the audience by Emmett Murphy. The audio has been mastered and cleaned by Aidan Foley at Masterlabs, while retaining the raw spirit of this rough recording.
The live album features five previously unreleased Mic songs – including 'Opera Song', 'Sassy', 'Wide Open Room', 'Doin' Better' and 'When We Caught The Moon'.
Glen Hansard appears as a special guest during the encore of the gig. The encores include songs by Bob Dylan and Michelle Shocked, which Mic and Glen played together in their busking days.
Ahead of the release of the album on all digital platforms on September, you can pre-order Live At The Lobby on vinyl here.
Tickets for the Mic Christopher birthday gig at Whelan's – which has a very limited capacity of 88 people – are available from whelanslive.com
Tickets are €25, with all proceeds (less vat) going to Aidlink. to fund their work empowering young women in Kenya and Uganda, by helping them complete their education.
This concert is supported by the Live Performance Support Scheme of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media.
Live At The Lobby Tracklisting:
Curious Notion (SIDE A),
The Opera Song
Wide Open Room (SIDE B)
Looking For Jude
Wide Eyed and Lyin’
That’s What Good Friends Do (SIDE C)
Bones & Pieces
Loneliest Man In Town
When We Caught The Moon * (Side D)
I Got Your Back *
Oxford Town *
You AIn’t Goin’ Nowhere *
I’m On My Way To Heaven *
(*with Glen Hansard)