Kodaline

Early Show

Kodaline

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Thu, January 31, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Kodaline - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Kodaline
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland Kodaline are childhood friends Steve Garrigan (lead vocals) Mark Prendergast (guitarist), Jason Boland (bassist) and Vinny May (drummer). The band releases their new single, “Honest”, today which is written by the group and produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, One Direction). “Honest” will be the first single off Kodaline’s highly anticipated sophomore album due out in Spring 2015.

Kodaline released their debut album, In A Perfect World in October 2014 which produced the hit single, “All I Want”. The single was featured in several television, film and ad placements including The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, Google, ESPN,NBC's Chicago PD and ABC’s Resurrection, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Modern Family, VH1’s Couple’s Therapy, VH1’s Mob Wives, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, FOX’s American Idol and many more. The group has seen major success with sold out headline tours in the US and Europe.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
“My name is Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. I sing and write songs. I'm a dog man with a good plan and two hands.”

“I love, love. I love simplicity, my bicycle and tank tops. I don’t need much. I love my family, and will one day have one of my own.”

“I aim to create music that connects with many people and to do this well into my 60's. I am myself completely on stage. It is without question my favorite thing.”

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is refreshing, optimistic and modest. He grew up in Calgary, Canada- a cosmopolitan city known for it’s beautiful Rocky Mountain backdrop, an annual rodeo (The Calgary Stampede) and great bike paths. He spent most of his time as a child outdoors with his family camping, biking and hiking in the mountains.

He’s an impulsive road-tripper. After high school, he went to Australia with 4 grand, an iPod and a camera. He went without a plan and stayed for 5 months working on a boat and waiting on tables in a piano bar.

Michael’s kind, approachable disposition gives way to an undeniable confidence onstage. This young man can break hearts playing solo with an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, and equally make venues soar with a full band. In Canada, Michael tours regularly from coast to coast.

He plays a guitar that is considered the workhorse of acoustics, a Gibson J45 (he has one in sunburst and natural); part of his passion for real instruments B3's, Leslies, tube amplifiers, saxophones and drum kits.

“I love Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Feist, Souls of Mischief and Mason Jennings,” declares Michael. His favorite lyric of all time is from Paul Simon’s Graceland album "My traveling companion is nine years old, he is the child of my first marriage.” (As a young boy, Michael and his mom used to dance to Graceland.)

Michael’s forthcoming debut US album was recorded in a little studio in Hollywood, California. The song “Man Overboard” was written while joking around and singing the verses to Billy Joel's “We Didn't Start The Fire”. Inspiration for his music often comes to him at a lightning fast pace. “In Your Room” and “Love Is An Easy Thing To Miss” were written in about as long as it takes to sing them. Without any words written down, done from voice note recordings on his phone both songs were written in minutes. "Marvin's Room' by Drake inspired the guitar for 'Love is an Easy Thing to Miss”. “In Your Room” was written at 10PM after a long day with not much flowing and many breaks. Thinking he was done for the day, he sat down one more time, started playing the guitar and making up the verses as he went along. Recorded the song that night, and went to bed.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald “MBF” has a simple goal - to pursue his craft as honestly as possible - devoid of smoke and mirrors. Positively uplifting.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com