Sheffield date for much-respected musician Mark Mulcahy
New England singer-songwriter-musician Mark Mulcahy includes a date in Sheffield on his latest UK tour.
He will bring a band to the Greystones on Saturday, September 7 following the release of his seventh solo album, The Gus.
First rising to prominence in the 1980s with Miracle Legion, then heading the band Polaris, the respect he commanded became clear when artists of the calibre of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, REM’s Michael Stipe and Mercury Rev stepped forward ten years ago.
They were among 21 artists contributing exclusive tracks to the album Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.
The recording was made as both a tribute and a financial helping hand to allow Mark to carry on as a musician and a father, bringing up his three-year-old twin daughters following the sudden death of his wife, Melissa.
Mulcahy’s songs are smart lyrically and musically while idiosyncratic and sometimes vague, which is the way he likes it.
"What you think of it is what is it is,” he once said.
“What I think is almost irrelevant. I release records to see what you think.”
Certainly, they strike a chord with Sheffield music promoter Chris Wilson, who has finally landed a date.
“It's the first time working with Mark although I've been trying for a long time,” he says.
“We just couldn't match up a date.
“I've been a huge fan since the late 80s when Mark's then band Miracle Legion released their debut EP The Backyard.
“They became one of the USA's major cult bands.
“Mark's songwriting is incredibly powerful, emotional and often hauntingly beautiful and it's had quite an impact on my life so I'd have to say he's one of the most important and remarkable songwriters in music.
“Radiohead's Thom Yorke is a fan so that's quite an endorsement.”
*Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with famed folk-rock band Show of Hands, returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour.
After a career spanning more than 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out – one woman, one bass and one guitar.
Miranda is touring to promote her latest album, Behind The Wall.
Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall explores where we are all going in the future.
Miranda asks what does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us?
She said: “I’ve felt very liberated singing these songs and feel they touch a chord with audiences.
“I have been overjoyed at the response and look forward to taking this show to further venues this year!"
She will be performing at Firbeck Village Hall near Rotherham on Friday, September 20. The show starts at 8pm.
Tickets cost £12 in advance.
To book, call 01709 709406 or go online at www.wegottickets.com/event/459052