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Hartlepudlian singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher releases his new EP this month, with a launch show at The Studio in Hartlepool on Friday 19th April, and an appearance at Stockton Calling the following day. We found out a little more about the local songwriter…

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Michael Gallagher, I am 22, I fix machines in a brake pad factory and in my spare time I gig with my band and record and release music, squeezing in the occasional game of squash where I can.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
It was a cover of We Will Rock You by my favourite boyband at the time, 5ive. I bought it when I was in Woolworths with my nana when I was about three or four years old.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
I’m quite a big fan of the Scissor Sisters and ABBA, but I don’t necessarily feel guilty about that.

Favourite film of all time?
The Big Lebowski

Your guilty pleasure film?
Any of the High School Musical trilogy, but again I don’t necessarily feel guilty about that.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
I would say Breaking Bad, but it would take too long so the new Ricky Gervais series, After Life. It’s good craic and over in less than three hours.

Your favourite book?
That would have to be my fully completed Premier League sticker book from the 2001-02 season.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Bob Mortimer’s story on Would I Lie To You about Chris Rea cracking an egg in his bath.

Who or what makes you sad?
The fact that Jake (drums), Luke (guitar) and D’Arcy (bass) are miles better musicians than me. Thankfully they were daft enough to join my band.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
Being able to stop time, like the little fella off Bernard’s Watch.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Bob Marley, John Lennon and George Best would have some mad stories to tell, and we’d have a game of Monopoly because it would go on for ages.


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