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hey guys , here is the fourth video in our american tour series …. this one comes from the beautiful city of chicago.

there were so many songs that we could have chosen – we did a load of research in to old blues and jazz artists and talked about maybe covering ray charles or sam cooke . there are some real legends from this neck of the woods .

in the end though we decided to have a bit of fun and cover a song from the eighties called “hard to say i’m sorry” and the tenuous link is that the band is called chicago :-) i have to admit that power ballads have always been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine . i also feel quite nostalgic when listening to music from this era as songs like this would have been floating around my (silly little pointy) ears when i was small ;-) it was a cool challenge also to take a song that was recorded in such a different style and bring it in to our folky little world .

guys – we had over a thousand shares on the last video . thats the most we’ve ever had and i’m so so grateful . its such an amazing pay off to see these little videos get to so many people . please keep on sharing as much as you can .

massive thanks to all the usual suspects – brian , chris , simon , russ , james , thomas , dan , the once and stu larsen .

enjoy xxxx

ps to see the other three videos subscribe now to the passenger youtube channel

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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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