Fancy a bit of horseplay…?

ImageHi folks!

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:

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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!

Live Review: Queen & Adam Lambert – London Hammersmith Apollo 11/7/12

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.”

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Live Review: Regina Spektor – Manchester O2 Apollo 4/7/12

Kooky. Unique. Quirky.

Ask anyone to describe the experience of hearing a Regina Spektor song for the first time and I guarantee that one of those three words will pop up at some point.

I first heard Regina’s song ‘Fidelity’ playing in a clothes shop in New York back in 2006. I’m a sucker for a great pop song, but there was something utterly quirky about her voice that made me stop and listen [dammit, third paragraph and I’ve already used ‘quirky’]! I was instantly a fan. Seeing her live for the first time at Glastonbury 2009 was a terrific experience and I couldn’t wait to see her in a more intimate setting.

Earlier this year Regina released her latest album “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats”. I wouldn’t call our seats cheap…but this is what we saw/heard from our seats that night.

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Live Review: Foster The People – Manchester Academy 25/4/12

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Standing amongst a hot, sweaty, dancing mass of students, kids, couples and forty-somethings in Manchester Academy last night, it’s hard to believe that Mark Foster founded the Californian band just three years ago. He originally named the band Foster & the People, but people misheard it as “Foster The People”. Eventually, he took to the nurturing image it evoked of “taking care” of people, so the name stuck.

Their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” finished 2011 as the sixth-best-selling digital song of the year, with 3.61 million copies sold. By the time the group took a break in December 2011 they had toured for 10 consecutive months to promote their album Torches.

Last night marked the first show of their European tour, which will take them on to London, Cologne, Berlin, Paris, Brussels and Warsaw.

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I now perform over 400 songs!

So…I was recently updating the list of the songs that I perform and discovered that I’ve passed the 400-mark. 408, to be precise! The most-recent additions to my repertoire are:

  • Ed Sheeran – ‘The A Team’
  • Mumford & Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’
  • Sam Cooke – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
  • Adam Lambert- ‘Whataya Want From Me’
  • Adele – ‘Make You Feel My Love’
  • Jackie Wilson – ‘Reet Petite’
  • Aloe Blacc – ‘I Need A Dollar’
  • Lady Gaga – ‘You & I’
  • Pink – ‘Glitter In The Air’
  • Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’
  • Lana Del Ray – ‘Video Games’
  • Christina Perri – ‘Jar Of Hearts’
  • Toploader – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
  • Mumford & Sons – ‘Roll Away Your Stone’

If you’d like to view/download the full list, you can find it over on my ‘Bookings’ page, on my website at:

www.markgilroymusic.com

Over and out for now…

– M

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

So, this time last week I was screaming down the A1 with the Michael Bublé Christmas album on full blast. Since then we’ve seen temperatures drop, Christmas lights appearing, and I STILL haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet.

Oops.

I have been busy though…this week’s blog covers updates on Christmas-themed session work, a special Christmas performance, and a combined wedding/Christmas tree.

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New live video – ‘Dakota’ & ‘Mr Brightside’

So many people have contacted me and asked for more videos of me doing rock covers.

As you asked so nicely… here are two brand new clips of me performing at Hazlewood Castle! Let me know what you think and if you have any requests for the next video, please feel free to leave them in the comments box below.