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Why: to be amazed by the breadth of expression a mere diatonic accordion is capable of.
Hello House Concert Ears;
It’ll be quite a coup to have a player the caliber of Mick McAuley holding forth in the intimate surroundings of the humble digs. Mick has been traveling the world playing great theatrical stages with SOLAS, arguably one of the finest gatherings of Irish traditional musicians ever, for the past 20 years. Now he’s rediscovering the joy of playing solo in cozy spaces for small appreciative audiences (that’s US!) where he highlights his singing/songwriting and guitar as well as some of the fiery squeezebox playing he was known for with SOLAS.
Mick’s website describes him thus: “Mick McAuley is an Irish musician, composer and songwriter who has recorded and toured internationally for many years. While his music is rooted firmly in the Irish tradition, he has been part of a movement which continues to push the musical boundaries of that tradition to bring Irish music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world. As a long-time member of the Irish-American ensemble SOLAS, he recorded and toured nine albums with them and received widespread international acclaim. The Boston Herald hailed SOLAS as “the best Irish traditional band in the world”.
As is beautifully common in Ireland, Mick grew up in the embrace of a musical family supported and nurtured by a community of older musicians who gave freely of their time, talent and music to ensure the passing of that centuries-old cultural tradition. By his teens, he was also seeking out more contemporary singers and musicians. He played with Ron Kavana (Alias Band), Terry Woods (Sweeneys Men, The Pogues) while in London in the early ’90s and began to tour at that time with the acclaimed Irish singer Niamh Parsons. Mick found the ideal balance of traditional and contemporary in the instrumentals and songs of the newly-formed Solas while in the bustling Irish music scene of New York in the mid-’90s.
A multi-instrumentalist, Mick plays accordion, melodeon, concertina, whistles and guitar and has been a guest on many recordings and performances including Patti Larkin, Paul Brennan (Clannad), Susan McKeown and Mick Hanly among many others and more recently spent time playing melodeon for Sting in his Broadway production “The Last Ship.”
His debut solo album An Ocean’s Breadth (Shanachie Records) was awarded “Best Celtic Album” of the year by Washington Post.
Spring 2016 saw the long-awaited release of his solo album HIGHS AND BELLOWS. It is an acoustic selection of traditional and original instrumentals and songs recorded in the New Inn.
Next up at the Crib, Sunday, Nov. 19, Hot Damn Scandal:
Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called ‘Tipsy American Gypsy Blues’, Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches and and puts thunder in your molasses.