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Welcome to Mickey Harte’s page on Podcasts.ie. Mickey hails from Lifford in County Donegal and has been a regular and popular part of the Irish acoustic circuit for over 10 years now. From his early years as a musician, playing in local bands he was always well regarded as an exceptional songwriter. Noted several times by national press and media for his capability, in RTE Television’s song writing contests in the early 1990’s and by Ireland’s largest music magazine ‘Hotpress’ in the later 90’s.
Career achievements include multiple Platinum records, Meteor Awards, regular RTE TV appearances, plus hundreds of concerts for audiences large and small across Ireland as well as Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, The UK, The Netherlands, and the USA. Mickey grew up in both a musical culture and a musically-appreciative family. Inherent talents recognized early, he was encouraged to explore and cultivate them. Finding inspiration in the world around him, the results reflected growing up in the turbulent times of life in an Irish border town.
Long-time fans recall that Mickey’s career velocity accelerated dramatically in the early years of the last decade. Mickey signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK Ltd. The first single under Sony, “We’ve Got The World” shot straight into the No. 1 spot in the Irish charts and it remained there for 5 weeks going quadruple Platinum with sales of over 60,000 units and it was this song that Mickey represented Ireland in The 2003 Eurovision Song Contest held in Riga in 2003, It was the fastest-selling song of that year. A debut album followed, ‘Sometimes Right Sometimes Wrong,’ done in London produced by Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Chris Rea, Kate Bush, etc.). The title single from the album hit the No.1 spot for three weeks on its release in Ireland, with double platinum sales figures after only 5 weeks of release. Additional songs from the album also charted, reaching as high as #2.
Mickey’s second album, ‘Live and Learn’ also received critical acclaim as well as chart success. Released on his own label, Swerve Music Ltd., the first single “New Way to Fly” started at number 14 and garnered huge national airplay. Titles including “Wish You Well,” “Live and Learn,” and “Sound of the Summer” all charted.
As for other career highlights, Mickey has performed at major Irish venues, upwards to 80,000 attending, at Croke Park and Phoenix Park/O2. Other prestigious gigs have included Vicar Street, Olympia, INEC, Whelan’s, The Button Factory, and more. Mickey has performed at major festivals including Popkomm Germany, Eurosonic (NL), Midem (FR) and South by Southwest (USA). Mickey has supported and collaborated with other artists including: Paul Brady, The Sawdoctors, The Chieftains, Shane MacGowan, Francie Conway, Jack Tempchin (Eagles), Phil Jones (Tom Petty), Rick Ross (Neil Young), Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Rob Burke, and Rory Gallagher (Revs). One of Mickey’s continued interests is in mentoring aspiring artists. He has frequently been a coach and presenter on RTE’s “Star Search” program. Mickey also co-founded Musicool, a summer program for musically gifted teens.
We met with Mickey in Ballina, County Mayo, among other things Mickey talked about his brand new album, ‘Forward to Reality’ In the meantime you can enjoy this exclusive interview and a great session featuring Gary Porter on percussion of live recordings from Mickey’s new album too !
Mickey has team up with Paul Brady to record an Anthem for the Irish fans at Euro 2012 available now on iTunes as The Subzitutes – Bring it On Bring it On – click here
To find out more about Mickey you can visit http://www.mickeyharte.com/
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