My Top Albums of 2014

Albums2I’m going to be honest here. For as long as I’ve been a music fan I’ve always been a huge advocate of the album, and along with it, the concept of listening to an entire album from start to finish. I was thinking about writing this post earlier today and it struck me how much my listening habits have changed in 2014. Last year I blogged about how ditching CDs, then iTunes, (in favour of Spotify) had allowed me to listen to more music than any other time of my life. But it’s only now I’ve realised that, whilst true, with this freedom I’ve become impatient with the idea of playing a whole album from start to finish. Deep down, I hope the Guardian’s recent post on the death of the album isn’t a forecast of things to come… but I’m certainly not helping matters with my countless Spotify playlists.

Having said all that, there have been a handful of 2014’s albums that I’ve played straight through again and again – here they are:

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Tons of new songs

Music-music-33355145-3888-2592Wow!

These past few months seem to have flown by. I’ve been super-busy lately adding new songs to my repertoire, new and old.

 

Some by request, and others, well, just ’cause I’ve wanted to play them for a while! As you’ll see, it’s fairly heavy on the rock!

If you’re planning on attending a wedding that I’m performing at, or one of the race events in York, here’s a handful of the songs that you’ll be hearing me perform over the next few months:

  • AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Crowded House – Always Take The Weather
  • John Legend – All Of Me
  • Tom Odell – Another Love
  • Pulp – Common People
  • Ben Folds – The Luckiest
  • Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
  • Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
  • Seal – Kiss From A Rose
  • Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
  • Oasis – Songbird

Check my full repertoire out at http://www.markgilroymusic.com!

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!

5 Essential Apps for Musicians & Songwriters

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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.

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10 Tips for choosing your wedding entertainment

Booking entertainment for your wedding day is a huge decision. It’s going to be one of the most memorable things about your big day! There are all kinds of things to look out for to make sure you make the best possible choice – here are my top tips for booking your wedding entertainment:

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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

Louise & Andrew Garvey’s Wedding & Ebor Week 2011

Huge congratulations to Louise and Andrew Garvey, and a big thank you for inviting me to perform on your special day. Although I’ve played at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall before, I’m always struck by what an incredible venue it is- one of the oldest and most prestigious buildings in York, built in the 14th Century.

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