Last night was the tenth anniversary gig for Mic Christopher, a musician I adore but never had the pleasure to meet or here live. His former band The Mary Janes, along with The Frames led a musical tribute in his honour in Vicar Street. Mic passed away tragically in Holland while on tour with the Waterboys, one of his favourite bands. He left behind some great music, including his solo album 'skylarkin', which was completed by his friends and released nine years ago on his first anniversary. Its one of the most beautiful Irish albums ever made.
A review of the four and a half hour gig (in aid of the Irish fragile x society ) wouldn't do it any justice, so to sum it up, it was magical! Musicians and friends celebrating the life of their friend and hero, someone they respected and admired, and who will be fondly remembered. It was great to learn a lot more about Mic's life and personality through the stories from his friends and his dad. It was an emotional night, which everybody involved should be so proud of. Mic would have been very proud too.
Set List Party Game (The Mary Janes) – Glen and MJs Sham (The Mary Janes) – Eoin Glackin and MJs Bored of Their Laughing (The Mary Janes) – Philip Marshall and MJs Cut Me Loose (The Mary Janes) – Matthew Devereux and MJs Listen Girl (Mic Christopher) – Matthew Devereux and Glen I’ve Got Your Back (Mic Christopher) – The Frames and Conall Coleman Traditional Jigs – Colm Mac Con Iomaire + 2 Others [Concertina and Uillean Pipes] Pete Courtney and MJs Eoin Dillon Everything is Going to be Alright (poem) + John The Baptist (John Martyn) – Scullion with Colm and Dave Eyelids Into Snow (Sonny Condell) – Scullion with Colm and Dave I Need You (The Beatles) – Mark Geary and The Frames This is the Sea (The Waterboys) – Mike Scott and The Frames Fisherman’s Blues (The Waterboys) – Mike Scott and The Frames Peter Murphy Ken O’Neill (Hey Day Festival contest winner) [Don't know First name] Roche and her Son Kids Song (Mic Christopher) – Interference, Mundy, The Frames, Levi + Isaac O’Sullivan and Annie Smith Short Breaking Out (Interference) – Interference, Mundy and The Frames Gold (Interference) – Interference and The Frames Centurian (The Mary Janes) – Claire Nicolson What a Curious Notion (Mic Christopher) – Nina Hynes Who Knows Where Time Goes – Miriam Ingram Hard Station (Paul Brady) – Paul Brady Arthur McBride (Traditional) – Paul Brady Poem – ‘He’s a true one fardadadididdle, He’s A True one and I tell you…’ Winesong (The Mary Janes) – Mundy and MJs Lyin’ Down – Mundy and MJs Part of Me (The Mary Janes) – Tony Fitz and MJs Bones (The Mary Janes) – Aimee Christopher, Glen and MJs The Story of an Artist (Daniel Johnston) – Jerry Fish True Friends (Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club) – Jerry Fish And The Healing Has Begun (Van Morrison) – Acko, Swanny and The Frames The One I Love (REM) – Canice Kenealy and The Frames Friends (The Mary Janes) – Paddy Casey, The Frames and MJs Heyday (Mic Christopher) – The Coronas and everyone else Skylarkin’ (Mic Christopher) – The Frames and Matthew Devereux You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan) – The Frames, Matt Devereux, Noreen O’Donnell, Acko, Levi + Isaac O’Sullivan and Annie Smith Short, Someone From Crowd Forever Young (Bob Dylan) – Liam O Maonlai and everyone else Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley) – Harry Christopher and The Frames Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley) – Harry Christopher and The Frames
As I watched the gig, this kept coming into my head. I've read it so many times but its still so beautiful.