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Having honed his craft since childhood by playing shows in local pubs and bars, Hartlepool singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher has since made name for himself with his anthemic rock songs that tell stories of love, loss, togetherness and friendship. He releases his brand new single Yesterday, via Humble Angel Records. The track is a vibrant, reflective number inspired by a night out and showcases Michael’s talent as a soulful singer and an articulate social commentator. 

We have a chat with Michael to find out more…

How did you get into music? Who were some of your inspirations growing up? 
I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember and I started playing in bands when I was in secondary school. I’ve always been a fan of bands like The Strokes, The Vaccines and Little Comets and this was the type of music I tried to make growing up.

Briefly describe your songwriting process.
I normally write my songs on my acoustic guitar in the bathroom. I just start playing about and see what tunes come out, and then I’ll put some words to it. When I think I’ve got something that could be good I play it to the band and they’ll start playing along, adding their own bits in.

Tell us more about your debut single, Yesterday. What’s it about? Where was it recorded?
Yesterday is one of the first ever songs that I wrote when I started playing music as a solo artist. It has stuck around and kept itself cemented in my live set for years now and is a fun one to play live. I wrote it at a time when I was going through one of my many Rolling Stones phases. It’s a song about looking back, whether that be with joy, sadness or regret etc. and thinking I wish I could do that again.

It was recorded last year at Blank Studios with Chris McManus.

Have you got anything coming up to support the release?
I did have a few gigs booked but unfortunately new local lockdowns mean I have had to cancel them. I have a virtual gig on 29th October on the Middlesbrough Town Hall Facebook page.

Have you got anything exciting in the pipeline?
I had a lot planned this year but Covid put a stop to all of that. I’ll be releasing a lot of music in 2021 and also recording all the songs I’ve written in lockdown. Hopefully we’ll get to play plenty of gigs as well.

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