Mickey Joe here… just to say hello and thanks for all your support with the most recent release of “Bring it On! Bring it On!” by The SUBZTITUTES (AKA Paul Brady and yours truly).
“Bring it On! Bring it On!” is something that came out of nothing really. Just a little conversation and a few lines in an email… and the rest is history. It’s available on iTunes to download.
And well done to Trap, Shay, and the rest of the Irish squad for giving us something to believe in again!
Following on from that, I’m pleased to announce tour dates/venues for USA Summer Tour starting at the end of this month. We start in Boston, as we promised. Some of you will remember we were forced to cancel the February gig there due to airport closure in Chicago, because of a storm that never did arrive. Which made it all the worse!!! Anyhow, with the help of the good Lord we will be there on the 27th of this month… all tour dates below.
I will be gigging in and around Ireland after I get back from The States for the rest of the summer. More IMPORTANTLY, we’ll release the NEW ALBUM SEPT 14TH “Forward to Reality”, here in Ireland with an extensive tour of the country to support the release. Coincidently that’s also my birthday…. jeez where did those 29 years go???!
And coming soon… your chance to pre-order the album on the website: www.mickeyhartemusic.com . Check back shortly!
Slan agus Slainte, Mj
USA TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 28th June: Mr. Dooley’s Boston, MA.
Friday, 29th June: Gashouse Radio Show, Philadelphia, PA. We’ll be co-hosting a 3-hour slot on this very large and internationally popular internet program.
Saturday, 30th June: Green Parrot, Newtown, PA (outside Philly).
Sunday, 1 July: The Scratcher, NY, NY. Home of Fairplay Collective, we’ll be doing The Scratcher Sessions. The New York musical ‘home’ for Brendan O’Shea, Mark Dignam, and Jenna Nicholls, closely associated with The Frames, Glen Hansard, and more.
Monday, 2 July: IOTA Club, Arlington, VA (DC area).
Tuesday 3 July: Private party/house concert @ David Glenn’s, Durham, NC.
Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday 4/7/8 July: Festival for the Eno, Durham, NC.
Mickey and Paul say ‘Bring It On’
May 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm
BY SEÁN P. FEENY
The Donegal News
ON Friday, May 25, yet another fantastic song in support of the Irish National Team’s trip to the European Championships will be released by two fantastic songwriters from right here in the North West.
Lifford’s Mickey Joe Harte and Strabane native Paul Brady teamed up and penned the inspiring song Bring It On, Bring It On under the alias The Subztitutes.
Mickey said: “The collaboration came about after a conversation I had with Paul about the dreaded hand ball incident with Thierry Henry at world cup qualifiers.
“We were disappointed, to say the least, and to rub salt in the wounds my good friend and fellow Liffordian, Shay Given was between the posts.”
Being loyal ‘local’ boys from the two neighbouring parish, Mickey and Paul felt they needed to put it all on record, literally, and show their support for The Boys In Green.
“I sent Paul a little snippet of an idea that I had following that chat and he liked it and then we got together at Paul’s home and banged out the rest, as they say,” said Mickey.
As a ‘sideline’ project, the songwriters gave themselves the very fitting alias The Subztitutes, although they’d consider themselves as ‘super subs’.
Mickey said: “I must say it’s not the first time I’ve been a substitute. I’ve played on the Highland Radio Soccer team, but John Breslin just doesn’t appreciate my ball skills,” he laughed.
This isn’t the first time Mickey has collaborated with such a high-profile songwriter as Paul Brady, a man he admires very much.
“I’ve written some songs with other people and it’s always nice when they get used or they like them enough to record them. I wrote a song called All The Love with Jack Tempchin from Los Angeles, who wrote some of The Eagles’ biggest hits.
“It was nice when he put the song we did together on one of his albums. It has also been recorded by the other co-writer Rob Burke. It’s a great song and hopefully it will make its way onto other album in future,” said Mickey.
Bring It On! Bring It On! is a brand new song in celebration of the Irish team’s achievement in reaching the European finals in June. Written and recorded by fellow Ulstermen and football fans, Paul Brady and Mickey Joe Harte, collectively known in this instance as ‘The Subztitutes’.
Bring it On! Bring it On! is at once a driving, passionate anthem praising the team’s success in rising above the disappointment following Thierry Henri’s infamous handball in the recent World Cup qualifiers, a warning to opponents that they have a major fight on their hands and a rallying call to fans everywhere to ‘roar out from the stadiums’ in support of their team.
“We play with heart and we stand our ground and there ain’t nobody gonna push us around!”
Bring It On! Bring It On! is available for download from iTunes from May 25th. Soon to be heard on radio stations and social media sites wherever Irish fans may be in the world!
For more info or interviews contact:
Shea Mc Nelis, Mickey Harte management, Swerve Music Ltd. 01 353 876 749781
John Munnis, Paul Brady management, 011 353 872 568617
Dave Pennefeather, Evenmore Music, 011 353 862 568683
Celebrating the U.S. release of my new album, entitled “Forward to Reality,” I returned to The States for scheduled stops in Chicago, Joliet, Boston, and Philadelphia. The 5-day ‘Flash Tour’ was a grand success with joyously-inspired performances at prestigious listening venues.
Many of you know that last year, I got together with a talented team of Joliet/Chicago artists and engineers to capture some of my newest songs. The project was spear-headed by John Condron who produced the album, and also worked closely on some of the song arrangements with me, The result is a delightful collection of original works, elegantly presented and enhanced by John and his support crew.
The week’s USA tour festivities began with a packed-house evening at Chicago Street Pub in Joliet. Chicago Street is a ‘home away from home’ resulting from the inter-connections between myself and several Irish-American families there with County Donegal roots. I’m always assured a warm reception. So it was a nice way to kick off the tour. Also to be noted, the pub is one of the most-credible residencies for live, original music in ChicagoLand.
Next, it was to The Abbey Pub in Chicago, a venue famed for over 40 years of contemporary mainstream and indie artist performances. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco cut chops here. Singer/songwriters from Kris Kristofferson to John Popper, Dan Hicks, and Neko Case were regulars here. And, as The Abbey is owned by a family originally from Counties Clare and Mayo, it’s a ‘go to’ venue for the Chicago North Side Irish community.
At The Abbey, it all carried off brilliantly, with a performance further heightened with an invitation for John Condron to join me onstage. The results were memorable and magical. we traded licks and harmonious vocals most notably on ‘Tragic’ and ‘Border Town,’ both of which are tracks on the new album.
Unexpectedly, due to weather-related flight cancellations, the Boston tour stop was not possible. We had all looked forward to a delightful event hosted by John Fitzgerald at Mr. Dooley’s. If there’s any consolation, we have a standing invitation for the next USA visit. which is increasing looking like June/July time.
So, it was on to Philadelphia and the legendary ‘acoustic listening room’ Tin Angel for the tour finale. The Tin Angel stage has been graced by the likes of Loudon Wainwright, Keb Mo, Donovan, Dar Williams, Chris Smither, and so many other renown artists in the last 20 years. On a Sunday night, myself and John performed again before a raucous capacity crowd specifically there to welcome us. For John Condron especially, it was indeed a homecoming. John’s a Philly-Irish lad, so the cousins, uncles/aunts and friends that hadn’t seen him in many years were out in force. That, mixed up with some of my extended Irish family, and fans, and a nice number of local/regular Tin Angel patrons, proved to be a great mix and this transcended into a fantastic listening core for the gig. And best of all, a full house to end the Tour.
Friends and fans both new and old are already keen for the next tour of America. Hopefully, it will not be too far into the future! An Irish release is hopefully not that far off also and we hope to announce a release date soon, A four-month UK marketing push has just recently begun for the album and so far its been received well, with reviews ranging from, “Refreshing” to “well crafted” and “beautiful”, so far I guess we can say its a hearty ‘thumbs up!’ for “Forward to Reality”.
Slan agus Slainte MJ
Here’s a delightful interview of Mickey by Eva Ní Shuilleabháin of Scrogall TV, Co. Kerry. Finishes with Mickey performing the song “Time” from the new album. Out soon!
The Strings Project is an innovative approach using music to nurture and cultivate the minds and talents of children of primary-school age. Research from around the world has shown that cognitive development, literacy, numeracy skills and above all attention focus, benefit enormously from learning a musical instrument at a young age. It is already established in schools throughout Ireland.
On Wednesday, 7th December, Mickey will be hosting the formal launch of a new Strings Project at the St. Patrick’s Boys and Girls National School, Cambridge Road, Dublin. He’ll be at the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre along with notable dignitaries including Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Maria Parodi. Included will be an appeal for acquiring musical instruments.
The St. Patrick’s School Ringsend project will be joined with the Whitefriar Strings Project, already established, to form The South East Area Strings Project.
The Strings Project introduces primary-age children (6-12 years) to Music Theory, Practice, and Performance. Each pupil will receive a weekly practical violin or cello lesson as well as classroom course content. In addition summer programmes will be held in the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre. No child will be disadvantaged by the inability of a family to support their participation. The instruments and tuition will be provided without charge.
Mickey hopes you’ll join him in support of this worthy cause!
For those who missed it, Tralee was all abuzz for the inaugural IMRO Christie Hennessy Celebration and Awards a fortnight past. It was a grand four-day festival devoted to the works and inspiration of one of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters.
Championed by Francie Conway (with Tralee roots of his own), the festival was jam-packed with stage performances, singsongs, educational workshops, and even a musical theatre show entitled, “When Jolie Met Christie.” The crescendo of the celebration featured the final contestants of the newly established Christie Hennessy Song Competition. What better way to acknowledge Christie Hennessy than to theme the event celebrating the traditions of original music!
Honored and privileged to be part of it all was Mickey Harte. With multiple roles, Mickey provided warmth and leadership throughout. He co-hosted the workshops for secondary school kids, led the judging of Saturday eve’s songwriting competition, and generally raised the bar with his performances. Oh, and had a lot of fun as well. Great craic!
While still savoring the entire experience, Mickey’s already looking forward to next year!
Just released! A brand new arrangement of Mickey’s composition entitled, “Time.”
Mickey shares his thoughts and inspiration for the song:
“TIME” has a simple message, I guess. I’ve learned that TIME is the most-valuable commodity through all the years of your life.
We acquire lots of things throughout our lifetime… money, a nice home, fancy car(s), friends, love, dreams and aspirations… but TIME is the one thing we just never have enough of. From the day we are born… time is running out. HAH! Not to worry, that’s not a bad thing. It just helps us to focus sometimes… to have goals, and deadlines, and a schedule to make sure we try to fit everything and everyone in.
As the opening lyric in the song offers “Stop chasing Ghosts“… basically try not to live in the past but in the present… the here and the now. In the moment. Sometimes, we either live in the past with regrets or looking to the future, hoping that all those things you think you need will be waiting somewhere in the future. Most of the time, they’re right here, right now in front of you and within your control.
Enjoy the moment and allow yourself and the people you care about to enjoy it too. Concentrate on what’s relevant today. Because it may become one of those things you learn from in the future. Only by living and taking on the challenges today, will you realise how important those decisions will be in the future. They should not be viewed as mistakes but things you needed to do to enjoy the moment at that particular time!!
As one might say, it’s all about the here and the now! Enjoy… and I hope you enjoy the song too. Now that is important! Thanks for listening. MJ
Get ready to celebrate with fellow Guinness fans around the world as we raise our glasses for the third annual Arthur Guinness Day. Kicking off at 17:59 GMT on 22nd September 2011, we’ll join together to toast the legendary Arthur Guinness, the man who created our beloved beer. From Ireland and Europe across to the USA, Caribbean and ending in Asia, 24 hours of global celebrations and live music events will mark another year of Guinness goodness.
Live! DCU Helix!
Here’s Mickey just Mickey and his guitar captured while participating in The Anglers Sessions @ The Anglers Rest, down by The Strawberry Beds. Elegant, exquisite and intimate performances of several songs from the soon-to-be released album, “Forward to Reality.”