Mickey and John will be performing at IOTA Club, Monday 2nd July. IOTA is one of the premier listening venues in the Mid-Atlantic Region of The States.
For 16 years, food and music have made a harmonious match for Jane Negrey Inge and her brother, Stephen Negrey. Divided between club and cafe sides, IOTA Club & Cafe is well-known as both a bar and a music venue. The intimate, twenty-one plus club is a popular venue for indie bands and also hosts open mic nights and poetry readings.
IOTA Club & Cafe is a nightly live music venue and a daily daytime cafe/lounge.
From the Washington Post:
What we love: The laid-back vibe. Of all the clubs on our list, IOTA is the one where it’s easiest to feel like you’re just “hanging out.” The brick walls, dim lights and low stage make it seem like less of a concert venue and more like an old-fashioned juke joint.
Monday, 2nd July. 830pm.
Chicago producer/singer/songwriter John Condron is joined by Mickey Harte LIVE 7 to 10pm EDT, FRIDAY, 29th June on the Toil Rock Radio program hosted by C.M. Carroll of Toil Inc. The program is part of the Gashouse Radio network, Philadelphia’s largest online radio network.
Toil Rock Radio is the creation of Toil Inc., founded by musical entrepreneur C.M. Carroll. Toil Inc. is the Independent source for music in Philadelphia. Toil is an Indie company with major label distribution. Labels include Toil Records & Philly Jam Records. Toil Records is dedicated to finding, developing and distributing new and emerging artists and bringing them to the World Stage. Toil Inc. is changing the way music is distributed to the world.
As for the back story, John Condron and C.M. Carroll have a friendship stretching back to the origins of their music industry careers back in Philadelphia. John’s originally from Philly! So, with John and Mickey touring through The City of Brotherly Love, a ‘friendly’ call resulted in this exciting opportunity.
As this is an online presentation, you’ll all be able to both listen AND watch. Note for the Ireland audience, the program starts at MIDNITE!
So tune in and hear and WATCH all the great music and interviews!
Phone lines will be open at 1-888-9-gashouse press the #6 or dial directly in the Philly area at 215-742-8400
This is going to be a great night of live music!
A special Friday night Toil Rock Radio! www.toilinc.com
Mickey’s off to The States soon for what’s expected to be an amazing trip. There are some very special venues and places along the way. And for those who aren’t able to join in person, we thought you might enjoy a peek at where he and John Condron will be appearing.
Over the next week, we’ll introduce you to some of the best acoustic listening venues in America. Stop #1 is Boston, Massachusetts… Mr. Dooley’s Pub.
Nestled in the heart of the financial district, Mr. Dooley’s is a haven of straight talking, down to earth hospitality. Mr Dooley’s opened its door in 1991 and since then has become the place to meet for “A pint and a chat” in downtown Boston.
As one critic quipped, “It is so hard to find a truly authentic Irish pub but Mr. Dooley’s pub in Boston is by far the most authentic and friendly Irish pub in America. You will not find better service, food, Guinness or live music anywhere.” And as one Dooley’s bartender put it “ If ye want a theme park go to Disney, if ye want a pint come to Dooley’s !”
Over the years, Mr. Dooley’s has built a reputation as the Boston ‘temporary residence’ of touring Irish musical artists. A long list of notables call Dooley’s ‘home,’ most recently Finbar Furey who performed earlier this month.
Mr. Dooley’s is a totally welcoming and inviting spot, quite often inspiring amazing musical performances and joyous experiences. It is indeed a very special place.
Mickey Harte (with John Condron)
Thursday, 28th June, 2012
Mr. Dooley’s Irish Pub, Boston, MA
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.
(as reported in the Irish Mirror)
Songwriters Paul Brady and Mickey Harte took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday as part of a flash mob that took over Grafton Street briefly around lunchtime. Starting near Molly Malone, the pair began busking, only to start walking, and be slowly joined by over 60 dancers, singers and even a gospel choir, before stopping outside Bewley’s to chant the final chorus of their new song, “Bring It On, Bring It On”. The new song is a tribute to the Irish football team and their efforts in Poland in the weeks to come.
The Derry Journal
Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012 18:02
Leading songwriters Paul Brady and Mickey Harte have teamed up with a special anthem for the Irish football squad ahead of the European Championships 2012.
Brady and Harte not only have their music talents in common, they both also have strong Strabane and Donegal links – and Lifford in particular, from where the Republic’s goalkeeper Shay Given hails.
The musicians took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday with their guitars as part of a flash mob that took over Grafton Street briefly around lunchtime.
Starting near Molly Malone, the pair began busking, only to start walking, and be slowly joined by over 60 dancers, singers and even a gospel choir, before stopping outside Bewley’s to chant the final chorus of their new song, “Bring It On, Bring It On”.
The new song is a tribute to the Irish football team and their efforts in Poland in the weeks to come.
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!