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November 30 2011

If you want to relive the magic of last night's gig, check out "Order In The Sound".
There's a full set list and compilation of YouTube videos!

Also, photos from the Tribute night for Mic Christopher's 10th anniversary in Áras Chrónái, Clondalkin, Dublin.

 

October 5 2011

Hot Press: "Mic Christopher Night in Vicar Street"
The Frames, The Mary Janes and friends will all perform in November.

"The 10th anniversary of Mic Christopher's death is approaching and to mark the sad occasion, a few of his old friends are getting together at Vicar Street. The Frames and The Mary Janes have just announced that they will put on a fundraiser at Vicar Street on November 29, raising money for The Fragile X Society of Ireland.

Neither a Frames nor Mary Janes gig, the night will see those on stage play MJ and Mic Christopher solo songs as well as relevant covers, to celebrate the life and great music of their dearly departed friend. Tickets are priced at €26.00 (including booking fees) and go on sale Friday October 7 at 9am. They will be available from www.ticketmaster.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide."

 

October 5 2011

The Frames newsletter: "The Frames together with our friends, The Mary Janes -
would like to announce that we will be having a Mic Christopher night
in vicar street on November 29th.

It's just mad to think that this year will be the 10th anniversary of Mic's death. we want to mark it. we want to sing his songs. we want to gather together with friends and
remember. to be really honest with you, I don't know precisely how it is going to work on the night, but I'm sure it will all come together in proper order. it will not be a frames gig as such, or a Mary Janes gig - but both bands will effectively be backing various singers
(glen included) who will sing either Mic solo songs, or MJ's songs or relevant cover songs, or indeed, anything that springs to mind in connection to our friend...

Hope that makes sense and is enough of a description to whet your appetite!! all proceeds from this gig are going to be given to the Irish fragile x society, so your support will be doubly, triply and more-so appreciated. tickets will go on sale on Friday, 7th Oct at 9am from Ticketmaster, E26

 

March 2 2005

"Skylarkin" was voted No.14 in Hot Press People's Choice Top 100 Irish albums of all-time.

Elaine O’Connell, hotpress.com
"Skylarkin’ can bring you up even when you’re having the worst of days. His outlook on life shames you into seeing things more positively. His untimely death only adds to the poignancy and insightfulness of the album, and strengthens its message – that we should appreciate what’s important in life and live each day to it’s full. This album gives perspective in a mad world and has been a shining beacon of positivity and hope in a sea of depressing, subjective and introverted music currently awash in the Irish music scene."

Karen McKay, hotpress.com
"Skylarkin’ is one of those albums that is deep, thoughtful and passionate without being moody and depressing."

 

November 2004

Mic Christopher's "Skylarkin'" album achieves Platinum status in Ireland with sales of over 15,000 copies.

 

December 3 2003

Mic Christopher's "Heyday" is featured in the new Guinness advertisement, to be re-released on January 23.

Hot Press: "12 Dec 2003 - The late Dubliner's musical legacy lives on in the latest Guinness commercial, with 'Heyday' set to be re-released in January.

Mic Christopher's 'Heyday' single is to be re-released on January 23 as a result of it soundtracking the latest Guinness TV and cinema commercial.

Says a Christopher family spokesperson: "People who weren't aware of Mic before are seeing it and going, 'That's great, where can I get the song?' Once they've heard the whole of 'Heyday', we're hoping they'll check out his Skylarkin' album which is still available."

The music for the €1.5 million Ireland-only Quarrel campaign was sourced by ex-Fat Lady Sings man Nick Kelly who's now gainfully employed by the Irish International advertising agency.

"We're delighted with the soundtrack on Quarrel," enthuses Guinness Marketing Controller Mark Ody. "It's a beautiful and uplifting song and suits the ad perfectly."

Filmed on location in Dublin, Clare and New York, the 60 second advert was directed by James Brown and stars Irish actor Michael Fassbender.

Mic Christopher passed away on November 29, 2001 after sustaining a head injury whilst on tour in Holland.

We'll have more on the 'Heyday' re-release and Mic's musical legacy in the first Hot Press of 2004, due in the shops on January 15."

 

November 2003

Mic tribute gig this coming Saturday Nov. 22nd, The Lobby, Cork, 4pm till 6, Pete Courtney, Niall Connolly and Annette Buckley, €6 on the door.

 

June 2003

EmBraces 2 x CD compilation from Galway Bay FM is released featuring Josh Ritter's "Come And Find Me" with Mic Christopher on backing vocals.

 

April 2003

Skylarkin is re-released with beige coloured artwork as Mic had originally intended to be on the album.

 

March 2003

Mic wins Best Irish Album at the Meteor Awards. His parents and sister accept the award on his behalf.

 

January 16 2003

Léargas features a documentary on the life of singer/songwriter Mic Christopher. RTÉ One Thurs 7pm.

"A year after his death, Léargas celebrates the life and songs of Mic Christopher, a modern troubadour through his own music and the memories of his friends and family."

 

December 18 2002

Boston CD Release and Listening Party
for Mic Christopher's New CD.

The Druid Pub.
1357 Cambridge Street.
Inman Square.
Cambridge MA 02139.
617.497.0965

Wednesday, December 18, 2002. 9:30 PM

Mic article from The Irish Times on December 19.

 

December 12 2002

Mic's album is still in the charts at No.60.

 

December 5 2002

Mic's album enters the charts at No.39.

 

November 29 2002

Tribute gig for Mic Christopher in Vicar St. on 29 November.
His album "Skylarkin" will the launched on the same night.

"The Frames cruise towards Christmas with a four-night residency at Vicar St. The run starts on November 28 and includes a special tribute to Mic Christopher (29), which finds Glen and the boys joined by a plethora of musical friends."

 

Summer 2002

Mic's debut album should be released later on in the year, along with a new single.

 

December 2001

Mic Christopher tragically passed away on November 29 2001 in Holland after an accident when on tour with the Waterboys. May he rest in peace.

Mic Christopher Benefit Gig at Vicar St., Dublin Wednesday 28th November. Performers on the night included The Frames, Mundy, Bell X1, Damien Rice, Paddy Casey, Nina Hynes, Steve Fanagan, Label and special guests.

 

September 2001

Mic plays An Taibhdhearc, Galway supporting The Frames.

 

September 20 2001

Mic plays the Lobby, Cork with support from Glen Hansard.

 

September 11 2001

Mic plays Whelan's, Dublin.

 

September 8 2001

Mic plays with Label, Mundy and The Frames at 'Britnness'.

 

August 31 2001

Mic plays the Lobby, Cork.

 

August 24 2001

Another packed Whelan's. Another Hansard solo gig. Another Mic Christopher support slot.

"Support on the night was provided by the interesting Barry McCormack, who confronted a pissed-up Friday night crowd well, and Mic Christopher, who didn't. The latter's demands for complete silence were rightly met with derision; if Mic remembers his days with the Mary Janes - he'll know the songs should speak for themselves." - cluas.com

 

Spring 2001

The Frames undertake a full Irish tour kicking off at the end of March in support of their new album For The Birds.

MARCH
Fri 30th The Frames/BellX1 Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Sat 31st The Frames/Mundy/Mic Christopher/Damien Rice - Vicar Street, Dublin Seated Show

APRIL
Sun 1st The Frames/Cherry Whelan's, Dublin (afternoon show)
Entry to Under 18s only (or those accompanied by an under18)

Sun 1st The Frames/Damien Rice - Whelan's (evening show)
Wed 4th The Frames - UL, Limerick
Fri 6th The Frames/Mic Christopher - Curracloe Hotel, Wexford
Sat 7th The Frames/Mic Christopher - The Lobby, Cork
(afternoon all ages show)
Tues10th The Frames/Josh Ritter - The Savoy Theatre, Cork
Wed 11th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Connolly's of Leap
Thurs 12th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Connolly's of Leap
Sat 14th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Cleere's, Kilkenny
Sun 15th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Cleere's, Kilkenny
Fri 20th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Sat 21st The Frames/Josh Ritter - An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway
Sun 22nd The Frames/Josh Ritter - An Taibhdhearc Theatre Galway
Mon 23rd The Frames/Josh Ritter - Roisin Dubh, Galway
Thurs 26th The Frames/Josh Ritter - Morrisons, Belfast
Fri 27th The Frames/Josh Ritter - McGarriggles, Sligo
Sat 28th The Frames/Josh Ritter - The Nerve Centre, Derry
Sun 29th The Frames/Josh Ritter - The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Mon 30th The Frames/Josh Ritter - The Spirit Store, Dundalk

MAY
Thurs 3rd The Frames - The Stables, Mullingar

 

March 3 2001

Mic Christopher plays The Lobby, Cork on Saturday.

 

February 27 2001

Mic Christopher + guests - Whelan's, Dublin.

 

February 16 2001

Mundy and Mic Christopher play Town and Country Inn, Magherafelt, Co. Derry Fri 16th 10pm £6.

 

January 20 2001

Mic Christopher + Steve Fanagan. The Lobby Cork. Sat Jan 20th.

 

December 31 2000

The gig is officially moved to Vicar St. (from RDS).

Shelter Stage:
9.30pm Mic Christopher
10.15pm Gemma Hayes
11pm David Kitt
12.45pm Bell X1

Vicar St. Stage:
9pm Revelino
9.45pm Relish
10.45pm The 4 Of Us
12.30pm The Frames

 

December 13 2000

Mic Christopher, John Hegarty, Gemma Hayes - Whelan's, Dublin on Wednesday December 13th.

 

November 29 2000

Mic Christopher, Steve Fanagan, Ian Whitty - Wed 29th November in The Lobby, Cork.

 

November 15 2000

Mic Christopher plays Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin with Gemma Hayes.

 

November 1 2000

Mic Christopher, Steve Fanagan and Paul O'Reilly play the Blue Room, Coppinger Row, Dublin Wed. Nov. 1st.

 

October 20 2000

Mic Christopher is a special guest at Glen Hansard's gig in Whelan's, Dublin.

Lynda @ cluas.com wrote "3 and a half hours of the best gig I've ever been to...Mundy, Jamie, Mic Christopher, David Kitt, Paddy Casey and everyone who played...it was great to see Colm up there playing too...well done lads...:-) It went from a great gig to an even better 'Audience with Glen Hansard'...wow...what a night."

 

August 2000

Heyday EP is recorded and released in October 2000.

 

1992

Mic Christopher (vocals), Simon Good (guitar), Karl Odlum (bass) form The Mary Janes and were later joined by Mark Stanley (drums).