'Hold the note for as long as possible and as soon as you see the tear drop fall, release the note’
Mike Donaghy is a young Irish songwriter from the seaside town of Bangor in Co.Down. At 29, he already has 14 years of writing, recording and touring under his belt. Since 2009, Mike has had 6 top 10 singles in folk charts in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, America, Germany and Switzerland. Mike’s first solo release was ‘January Never Came This Year’ which featured the song ‘Brighter Days’ which was used as the United Nations Peace Song in 2010. The United Nations also used ‘Peace begins with me’ from ‘Walls For The Wind’, as a promotional song in 2013.
‘The Gathering in Ireland‘
‘This Is Where I Call My Home’ which features on ‘Walls for the wind’ was used in thepromotional campaign for ‘The Gathering in Ireland’ in 2013.
Mike currently has 4 albums and 2 EP’s in circulation with his most recent ‘Traveller’ due for release later in 2015. The first single from ‘Traveller‘, ‘Take me to the river’ was released in February 2015.
In 2013/14 Mike toured America, Canada, UK, Ireland and mainland Europe promoting his current album ‘Walls For The Wind‘ and during the tour, performed alongside artists such as Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady, Michelle McManus, Villagers, Tommy & Ben Sands, Foy Vance, Manran and many more.
Mike is currently in the final of the UK Songwriting Competition.
‘again and again, I’ve played this album over and over, I really can’t get enough of this music’ Declan Sinnott – Warner Music
“In an age of superficiality, Mike is making music that matters, music that will last. His message is at once universal and deeply personal, and his music should be heard” – No Depression
”Mike’s live performances are engaging, energetic, exciting, touching and foot stomping, you’ll be wanting more” Steven Manson – New World Folk
”Music that is steeped with honesty and humour” – Tommy Sands
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Jerry Douglas. I can't resist those dobro tones
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Guitar, without a doubt 😉
3: What was the worst advice?
You should get a 'real' job
4: What was your first concert?
5: What/where is the best road food?
Philly Steak Baguette, Dingle Road, Kerry
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Never shy away from playing your own music - Finbar Furey
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Brian Ray (guitarist/bassist for Paul McCartney)he has a great work ethic and creative spark