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Mike Walsh

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About Mike

If you love great singer songwriters and appreciate quality acoustic music, you will thoroughly enjoy watching Mike Walsh perform.
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Singing guitarist
London

Mike grew up in Ireland, singing and playing piano and guitar from a very young age. He then spent several years playing, writing and recording as an original artist in Australia where his family moved to before he moved to London 2003. Mike sings with natural emotion in his voice and his guitar playing works as the perfect accompaniment. His biggest influences as a singer are David Bowie and Donny Hathaway, but as far as songwriters go, he adores the likes of Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Ben Harper, Noel Gallagher and Elvis Costello to name just a few. He became a father in 2018 and his son Jackson has inspired him to return to the stage for the first time in a while. Mike is a huge fan of music and his musical knowledge is vast having worked in record shops from his early teenage years before working for EMI records for several years. Mike has carefully compiled a songbook which reflects his taste but he is also happy to take requests for those special moments. Mike is perfect for an occasion or venue looking for someone to set the perfect mood in the background, to start the evening off in style, accompany dinner or add another dimension of quality to your private event. He is also ideal for bars looking to add some live music during the week but don't necessarily want anything too intrusive. Mike's cover versions are fully heartfelt and as passionate as the originals themselves. His love of songwriting wouldn't have it any other way. He is very excited about this new direction his music career is taking and can't wait to start gigging to show you what he can do.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Rock, Soul, Folk, Covers, Acoustic, Pop
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event
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Song list

Bob Dylan - Girl from the North Country
Bob Dylan - Make you feel my love
Bob Dylan - Don’t think twice it’s alright
Bob Dylan - You’re gonna make me lonesome
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young - Out on the weekend
Van Morrison - Into the mystic
Van Morrison - Crazy Love
Van Morrison - And it stoned me
Damien Rice - Delicate
Tom Waits - Looking for the heart of Saturday Night
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Jake Bugg - Broken
Jake Bugg - Country song
Michael Kiwanuka - The Final frame
Michael Kiwanuka - Love and hate
Michael Kiwanuka - Cold little heart
Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall
Noel Gallagher - Don’t look back in anger
Noel Gallagher - Talk tonight
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Rolling Stones - Can’t always get what you want
The Verve - Sonnet
The Verve - The drugs don’t work
Ben Harper - Waiting on an angel
Ben Harper - Burn one down
Ben Harper - Another lonely day
Fionn Regan - Be good or be gone
Declan O’ Rourke - Galileo
John Lennon - Woman
John Lennon - Watching the wheels
John Lennon - Jealous guy
Kings of Leon - Conversation piece
Kings of Leon - Walls
Kings of Leon - Use somebody
Kings of Leon - Beautiful war
Paul Weller - My ever changing moods
Paul Weller - You do something to me
Paul Weller - Down in the tube station at midnight
Paul Weller - Wild Wood
Elvis Costello - Good year for the roses
Bruce Springsteen - Highway patrolman
Nick Drake - Northern Sky
Gordon Lightfoot - Early morning rain
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Coldplay - Fix you
Coldplay - The Scientist
The Beatles - Let it be
The Beatles - Yesterday
U2 - One
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Not a problem, very flexible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely no problem at all.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can usually set up in around half an hour.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes of course.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

No, I need a PA system to be in place at the venue in order to perform. I bring my own microphone and guitar. I can however perform acoustically anywhere.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, depending on what songs they are and whether they suit my style of singing and playing.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The authentic soulfulness of my voice and guitar playing and the way in which I immerse myself in the songs I am singing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The 100 Club, London Betsey Trotswood, Farringdon, London Westbourne Studios, London The Bedford, Balham, London Mean Fiddler, London Brownies, Greenwich Village, New York Revolver, Melbourne, Australia The Prince of Wales, Melbourne, Australia The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Ben Harper, Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, Donny Hathaway, Ron Sexsmith... to name a few.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival in Melbourne, Australia in front of an audience of 5,000 people.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£130
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480

Reviews

From customers:

Joanna L, 6 years ago

Mike sang his version of The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses during our Wedding ceremony and it was such a beautiful moment, we will never forget it.

Mark L, 5 years ago

Mike provided the live music at our wedding during dinner and all our guests commented on him. He did a great job and we are so grateful to have had him play on our special day.

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