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CHICAGO – sorry this is late but thanks for having us all – we had a wicked time  what a fantastic city !! really looking forward to playing MINNEAPOLIS tonight too (ps we’re playing in the venue that prince shot purple rain in … no big deal :-)) xx
photo by Stu Larsen

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hello everyone , hope you’re all good ….
here is the third video in our american tour series .
this week it comes from one of my favourite spots on earth – new york’s central park . 

this is quite a special one for me for a couple of reasons . firstly i’ve been coming to this part of the world since i was a kid as my dad grew up a few hours away in new jersey and i still have a lot of family and friends in new york and on the east coast .
central park has always amazed me as one minute you can be in the hustle and bustle of the city and the next thing you know you’re in this beautiful green expanse . i love it .

secondly , and i’ve said this before …. but growing up my favourite album was simon and garfunkle live in central park .
we used to listen to it over and over again in the car to the point that the cassette broke and the sound went all wobbly ( wow i feel old saying that …. )
so when we got offered a gig there this summer i jumped at the chance .
the gig was phenomenal and just before i played we found a quiet spot by the lake to shoot this video .
it felt right to do a simon and garfunkle song and what better than “the only living boy in new york” .

as always – please feel free to share it around as much as you possibly can !! you’re likes , comments and shares mean the world to us !!!

if you haven’t seen the other two videos in the series you can find them on the passenger youtube page (“sailing to philadelphia” and “angel from montgomery”)

as always my love and thanks to Stu Larsen and The Once ….. it is just such a pleasure to play and sing with you !!!
to bryan dos reis (www.bdosreis.com) for shooting and editing it all so beautifully .
simon kemp , james scott and russ matterson for their hard work and patience .
dan medland , chris vallejo and thomas stein for being legends !!

i hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it . loads of love . mike xxxx

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cheers INDIANAPOLIS !!! you guys were delightful 
on to CHICAGO …. i love this town x

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COLUMBUS – last night was hot and sweaty and amazing  apparently it sold out on the night too … thank you all so much !!

INDIANAPOLIS – its my first time here and i’m really looking forward to the show . we’re playing at the egyptian room and there will be tickets on the door if you’re at a loose end . xx

Photo by Stu Larsen

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DETROIT last night at the Filmore was fantastic . you guys are lucky to have such a beautiful old theatre … it was a joy to play to you all . thank you for making my first gig in michigan such a memorable one . i really look forward to coming back soon !!

who’s coming to the COLUMBUS show tomorrow ???  xx

picture by Stu Larsen

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TORONTO – thanks for a wonderful night ! every time we come to canada its amazing but i think this time , although brief has been the best yet . you guys really know how to make an awkward englishman feel welcome  thank you !!!

DETROIT – tonights venue is i think one of the most beautiful sounding and looking places i’ve had the pleasure of playing . there are still a few tickets on the door so come on down if you’re around .

and finally …. it blows my mind what some of you guys make for me  i’ve received some amazing gifts throughout the tour – these shoes are one of my favourites  thank you so much lorri – they are awesome xxx

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hi everyone , firstly i just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who watched , liked and shared the video we put up last week . apparently it was trending on youtube !!!! absolutely amazing  (if you missed it then just search “passenger angel from montgomery” )

here is the second video from our north american tour . we filmed this one in PHILADELPHIA .
we thought for a while about which song we should cover as there are so many amazing bands and artists from around this part of the country . we talked about doing a springsteen song but i think as i’ve covered him so many times before i was keen to try to do something else ……

the one we chose is just beautiful . it was originally sung by Mark Knopflerand James Taylor and its a song that tells the story of two surveyors coming over from england to america in the 1700’s . (they went on to establish the border between pennsylvania and maryland , delaware and virginia which is now commonly known as the mason dixon line …. thanks wikipedia haha )

on a personal level – i fell in love with this song when it came out fifteen years ago . we used to sit in my friends bedroom for hours just playing this album and particularly this song over and over again . whenever i hear it now it takes me back there instantly . please do check out the original if you haven’t heard it as i think its a bit magical ….

we filmed this around the city and performed it in the Electric Factory (thank you to the staff there for being so quiet …. think we pissed everyone off …..wooops )

if you like it then please do us a huge favour and share it around . we really do appreciate it .

massive thanks to brian dos reis , simon kemp , russ matterson , james scott , chris vallejo , Stu Larsen , The Once , thomas stein and dan medland for coming together and making this possible . i love you all x

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MONTREAL – you were the loudest crowd i think i’ve ever played too haha . loud in the loud bits and then so beautifully quiet in the softer moments – you were perfect !! honestly this tour so far has been so much fun  got to watch these guys ( The Once ) smash it too …. what absolute legends . see you tomorrow night TORONTO xxxx

 

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BOSTON – last night was insane . i absolutely loved it .
thank you to everyone who turned up ( and especially those of you who stood in the rain for hours ….. you’re the best xx)

MONTREAL – its lovely to be here again !! see you in a couple of hours xx

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hello everyone !! hope this finds you well wherever you are as some of you will know i’m currently touring north america with my good friends the once and stu larsen . we’re only a week in and we’re having a wonderful time so far ! we flew in to atlanta and have been working our way up the east coast . i’m writing this backstage at summer stage in central park …. no big deal haha .

before the tour started we all got together to think of cool ways of documenting our travels and giving you guys a little insight in to what we’re up to .
we came up with this …..

every week (hopefully) we will be posting a little video of us all playing a cover song . the idea is that each song will in some way be linked to the place we’re playing in – for example it could be the artist/bands hometown or the song will reference the city in some way or it may have a personal story attached to it .

this first one is from nashville . its a song called angel from montgomery (confusing …) and its by one of my favourite artists of all time john prine .

the reason i chose this song is this ….

six or seven years ago i came to nashville for the first time to do some writing with people . it was good fun and a great learning experience but also a bit of a weird time as i didn’t really know any one so i found myself with time to kill .
i wanted to take advantage of being in nashville and so one (really really ) hot day i grabbed my guitar and decided that my mission was to meet john prine and play him some songs …. whether he liked it or not … god that sounds really creepy …..
i made several school boy errors . i didn’t bring a map or any sun block and i had completely underestimated the walk . i ended up spending the best part of three hours wandering around and getting very lost on music row .
when i finally turned up at john prines record label i was a sweaty and sunburnt mess but elated that i’d finally made it . i pressed the buzzer and to my disappointment found out that john was in chicago .
i still hope that i can one day meet john but for now this will have to do .

as always we rely on you guys entirely to like , comment and most importantly share the video if you can . thank you for taking the time to read and watch .

massive thanks to bryan dos reis for filming this so beautifully .
to simon kemp and russ matterson for capturing the audio so well .
to james scott for his wonderful lighting .
stu , the once , and a huge thanks to the marathon music works for being so accommodating .

loads of love . mike x

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