Yesterday was Mic Christopher's birthday. He would now be a young 41! Here is a short guide to Mic Christopher RIP.
Stolen from Wikipedia: "Mic Christopher was born in the Bronx, New York to Irish parents Harry Christopher from Dublin and Vaun Heaney from Sixmilecross. Because of his parents' Irish heritage they moved back to Dublin, Ireland in 1972 and together with an all-Irish school upbringing in Coláiste Chilliain Clondalkin, Christopher started to play traditional Irish music with school groups until he was about fifteen years old when he started busking."
When Mic began busking we're talking circa 1987 Dublin in the middle of a black recession with mass unemployment where the brave leave for a new life elsewhere and money was scarce. While busking on the streets he would forge friendships with Glen Hansard, Mark Dignam, David and Karl Odlum and Paddy Casey. In 1990 he formed The Mary Janes with Karl Odlum and Simon Goode and released two excellent albums in the nine years of the band.
Here is Friends recorded live in The Baggot Inn on Feb 5th 1993
The Mary Janes - friends by 2uibestow
The Mary Janes debut album entitled Bored Of Their Laughing was released in October 1996
01. Taken In (5:26)
02. Short A Few (4:02)
03. Lyin' Down (4:41)
04. Diamonds (4:50)
05. Story So Far (3:35)
06. Friends (5:24)
07. Talkin' War (6:27)
08. The Instigator (8:09)
09. H.U.M.F.R.E.A. (3:59)
10. Nearly Dead (14:41)
Buy The Album: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bored-of-their-laughing/id279607624
I'll always remember vividly that Hot Press gave 'Bored ....' a shockingly bad review. The songs were recorded without drums and showcased Mic's amazing vocals.
In 1998 the second album Sham was released by The Mary Janes as a four piece!
Title: Sham (November 1 1998)
Cat. No.: MJCD002
Copyright: Loza Records
01. Sham (3:57)
02. Winesong (3:09)
03. Simple Times (4:10)
04. Queen Of Hearts (4:20)
05. Part Of Me (5:57)
06. Bones (4:00)
07. Cut Me Loose (3:51)
08. Come What May (4:13)
09. Friends (5:24)
10. Begging (5:28)
11. Party Game (4:48)
12. Centurian (8:02)
Buy The Album: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sham/id315125674
On 18th November 2001 while supporting The Waterboys in Europe Mic Christopher fell over, struck his head off some steps and fell into a deep coma. Mic died in hospital on November 29th aged just 32.
Skylarkin was nearly finished at the time of Mic's death. The development of the album is described well on Wikipedia as:
"Skylarkin' is Mic Christopher's first and only solo album, which was released posthumously following his death in November 2001. The album was finalised by Karl Odlum (of Mic's old band, The Mary Janes) and David Odlum (of The Frames). Many fellow musicians from the Irish music scene contributed to the album including Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames, Rónán Ó Snodaigh of Kíla, Lisa Hannigan and Gemma Hayes.
Skylarkin' entered the Irish charts at #39 in 2002 and in March of the following year won Best Irish album at the Meteor Awards. November 2004 saw the album achieving Platinum status in Ireland (selling over 15,000 copies)"
4."Looking for Jude"
5."That's What Good Friends Do"
6."The Loneliest Man In Town"
7."Wide Eyed and Lying"
8."What a Curious Notion"
9."I've Got Your Back"
Buy Skylarkin: http://www.amazon.com/Skylarkin/dp/B000T1D3J0
Here are some wonderful video clips from a Mic Christopher gig in September 2001 from an Airbase in Vienna.