Bobby Long

Early Show

Bobby Long

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Mon, April 15, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Bobby Long - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Bobby Long
Though England is his place of birth, the songs Bobby Long writes are redolent with pieces of Americana. Perhaps that’s because he now lives in New York City, a place he feels more at home than he did while living in his native country. In 2009, Long made the move to the States after emerging from London’s open-mic night scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. A student of songcraft, Long’s reverence for American music runs deep, with influences ranging from country greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb to folk singers Woody Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and modern day luminaries like Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith.

Now with two full-length CDs to his credit, the critically acclaimed A WINTER TALE (2011) and the more rock-oriented WISHBONE (2013), he looks to revisit his acoustic roots with his planned third album in the new year.

Visit: www.musicbobbylong.com
https://www.facebook.com/musicbobbylong
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - (Set time: 6:30 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