Hi folks! I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately…although I was born in the 80s, the vast majority of my music collection is firmly rooted in the 90s! A decade where admittedly we heard some terrible music (Vengaboys, Aqua and Limp Bizkit spring to mind), but where there are some true classics.
And I’ve been busy learning some of them.
Newly added to my repertoire this month are:
- Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
- Two Princes – Spin Doctors
- With Or Without You – U2
- Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
- Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
- Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
- Let Her Go – Passenger
OK, OK, I know some of these aren’t technically from the 90s, but they’re still good fun to play! Keep your eyes peeled for some new live pics this weekend.
To download my full song catalogue, just head over to the ‘info’ page on www.markgilroymusic.com
Just a very quick update to say that I’ll be performing at the York Marriott Hotel every night this week for the Ebor race meeting – the highlight in York’s racing calendar!
Here are the details:
Where: The York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road
When: 7pm-late, Wed 21st August until Saturday 24th August
What: An evening of live musical entertainment, covers ranging from Lady Gaga to Etta James (and quite a bit in between)!
Hope to see you down there!
As some of you know I’ve recently been performing with a band, and we have a very important gig coming up this month. It’s a charity do to help raise money for the Kendal Middleton Jessop appeal. Kendal is a 3-year-old girl from Leeds who has had her life changed forever after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which had spread to every bone in her body, leaving her with only a 40% chance of survival. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy and fighting every step of the way.
The event that has been put together is to raise money for Kendal’s appeal and ensure that her treatment continues, and her chances of relapse are greatly reduced.
Date: Friday 19th July
Venue: The Irish Centre (Leeds), York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT
Ticket price: £10
To book: Call 07540 706582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When smartphones and tablets first started to dominate headlines, many commented that this would herald a new era of music creation and collaboration. Back in 2010, Blur and Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn wrote and recorded an entire album using his iPad – three years on and the list of intuitive, beautifully designed apps is growing by the day! The only problem is that with over 700,000 apps to choose from, the selection is baffling.
Here’s my pick of the must-have apps for musicians.
As we near the end of 2012, I’ve been looking back through my iTunes library and thinking about the tracks I’ve most enjoyed listening to. It’s been a terrific year for music and I’ve been spoilt for choice in choosing my five favourite albums.
In the end I went with a mixture of albums that surprised me, a couple that indulged my guilty pleasures and one that I’ve just played pretty much non-stop. I’ll leave you to guess which ones are which!
This week I’m delighted to be involved in two fundraising efforts. This Friday I’ll be performing at the York Marriott Hotel for their exclusive pre-Christmas shopping evening….AND on Sunday evening I’ll be at the York Holiday Inn helping to raise funds for York High School’s amazing Team Tanzania project. Come and join us!
The weather’s turning cold, the trees are changing colour, and it looks like it’s been nearly two months since my last post.
How slack of me!
In my defense, I have been pretty busy though – in the last month I’ve played for several weddings, recorded some new tracks and performed for the Arsenal football squad. That last one was a total fluke, but it sounds impressive doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, I’ve got a couple of updates to share:
According to Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, it takes two.
Which is a bit of shame for me … as a solo performer I rarely get to play duets. I’ve got a soft spot for the good ones though – from classics by Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald through to recent efforts by Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett.
Here are my 10 favourite duets!
Two weeks ago I was offered the chance of a lifetime – one of my Twitter pals (@timesmasher) offered me a pair of spare tickets for one of just three shows that Queen were playing in London. As luck would have it, I happened to be in London on just that night, so I seized the opportunity. A lifelong Queen fan and a (relatively) new Adam Lambert fan, I knew that this would be a night to remember.
Before their recent string of shows in Moscow & Poland, I remember reading an interview with Adam, where the interviewer asked him how he felt about filling the shoes of Freddie Mercury. I liked his answer a lot:
“I do have big shoes to fill, fronting with Queen. But – I’m bringing my own shoes. Ones Freddie would have thought were cute.”