Saturday September 21st would have been Mic Christopher’s 50th birthday. In his honour, friends, fans and admirers staged a concert for him in his spiritual home of Whelan’s to huge success. A vast array of talent gathered to sing some his best-known songs, from close friends to people he never met. Michael was an American-born Irish singer-songwriter, best known for debut album Skylarkin', which was released posthumously. His friends are set to arrange an even bigger event at the National Concert Hall on November 6, which will feature a Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Rice. This is the second of four events run by Born Optimistic in memory of Mic.
He originally met many major Irish names on the busking circuit, including Glen Hansard & Kila's Karl & David Odlum, forming The Mary Janes with Karl. They released two albums, and Mic went on to perform solo, supporting the Waterboys on an international tour. He passed away as a result of an accidental head trauma, and the notes he'd left for Skylarkin' informed the post-humous completion of his solo album, which won the 2003 Meteor Award for Best Album. Get reacquainted with his best-known song, 'Heyday'.
Tickets are available from NCH.ie, and all money will go towards Aidlink's work in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya, which has been ravaged by Climate Change, and average life expectancy there is just 47 years of age.