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New Single – Hell or High Water

May 18, 2018
New Single – Hell or High Water

Hello everyone !!!! I hope you’re all doing really well ?! Its been a very long time between drinks ….. I’ve had a few months off which has been amazing and much needed . we’ve also secretly been extremely busy working on a few bits and bobs and I can’t tell you how excited I […]
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New Video – Why Can’t I Change

June 8, 2018

Hey everyone !!

Here is the second song and video from my new album “runaway” (available to pre order here)

Its called “why can’t I change” and It was shot by the irreplaceable jarrad seng as we travelled down the west coast . What a clever man he is !!!

Really hope you guys enjoy it and remember to hit the share button if you do 😉

So much love and thanks .

Mike x

New Album – Runaway & European Tour On Sale Now

May 25, 2018

Ok …. This is a big one !!!

some of you may have guessed from recent activity and our not so cryptic post earlier this week that I have a new album coming out ….

its called “runaway” and ridiculously It will be my 10th studio album (I must be getting old ….)

I am unbelievably proud of this group of songs and I can’t wait for you guys to hear them all !!!

I need to explain a few things first though as I guess its a bit of a concept album (nothing weird …. I promise)

Towards the end of last year I was playing through all of the songs that I had . We were booked to go in to the studio in January so I was trying to figure out which ones might make it on to the record .a

It was at this moment that I started to notice a theme emerging . A really strong sense of “Americana” – Not only in the style of writing but also a few of the songs were specifically about people or places in the united states .

Some of you may know that I am half American , I’ve spent a lot of time in the states both growing up and more recently touring and I have always listened to / been heavily influenced by a huge amount of American music .

Over the next few days I thought about this a lot and It struck me that the songs could work fantastically well coupled with big , American visuals . You may see where this is heading …;-)

A few months later and once the album had been recorded , I and three of my best buddies set off on an epic American road trip ….

the team consisted of @jarrad Seng photography ( film maker and photographer extraordinaire ) @stu larsen ( long time touring companion / excellent tour manager / singer songwriter / photographer / driver etc etc) and chris Vallejo (producer of the last 5 passenger albums / engineering genius )

The goal was to create a different video for each track on the album in a different part of the states …. Optimistic considering we had just over three weeks to do it in …..

On top of this we also wanted to create a really special set of acoustic versions , recorded and filmed in a variety of different spots as we journeyed around . The first of which is attached . Its a live version of “hell or high-water” on Venice beach in California at sunset . I hope you enjoy it 🙂

This is to compliment the “official” video that we released last week and I’m sure a lot of you have seen by now (thank you again for the insanely lovely feedback !!!!!)
That one was shot in a variety of different national parks across Utah , Nevada , Arizona and California .
So here’s the plan –

We are hoping to release a new song from the record every three weeks . In which time we will share the official and acoustic videos as well as some behind the scenes footage from our trip to give you an insight in to the songs , the making of the videos and some of us all behaving like stupid idiots …. In fact mainly that …  🙂

We will also be making each track available to download and stream as they come out .

A great way of making sure you get these songs as soon as possible is to pre order the album which you can do from this link (https://Passenger.lnk.to/RunawayWE) 

There are various options to choose from and I’ve written a small explanation on the deluxe versions below for those of you that might be interested .

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this and I can’t wait to share all of the songs , videos and stories with you over the coming months .

So much love and thanks .

Mike .

FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED !!

March 27, 2018

Hello everyone ,

Wow …. Its been a long time !! Hope you’re all doing really well ?!

I’ve had an amazing few months off – travelling around and spending time with family and friends …. Its been glorious and just what the doctor ordered 

I am however delighted to say that I’ll be getting back on the road this summer to play a handful of festivals around Europe and North America !!! I genuinely can’t wait to get back to playing again !!!

Ridiculously some of these shows are already close to selling out so please grab your tickets soonish if you fancy coming along !

I should also say that all gigs throughout the summer will be solo performances … I loved playing with the band so much and there will definitely be more of that to come in the future , but for now its back to just me and a guitar 

There are many more announcements to come over the next few weeks and months but for now I’ll pop myself back in to hibernation mode for a little while longer 

I can’t wait to see you all again .

Loads of love .

Mike xx

Ps there are still a few festivals to announce so watch this space …

Pps all tickets from https://passengermusic.com/live/

Simple Song (Official Video)

November 19, 2017

Hello everyone !!
I haven’t been on here for a while …. I hope you’re all doing really well 🙂
Just wanted to share another little video from “the boy who cried wolf”
This one is for “simple song” and again is created by the amazing Matthew Robins !!
Please share it around if you like it .
Mike xx

The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Official Video)

July 28, 2017

hey guys , so as promised here is the new official video for “the boy who cried wolf” .

a huge thank you to Matthew Robins for the hours and hours of work that went in to making it and for turning it round so quickly . what a talent !!!!

hope you guys love it as much as we do and please feel free to share it around if you do xx

https://Passenger.lnk.to/TheBoyWhoCriedWolfWE

New Album ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ – Order Now

July 26, 2017

NEW ALBUM ‘the boy who cried wolf’ out friday and available to ORDER NOW
CD / vinyl – store.passengermusic.com
Digital – https://Passenger.lnk.to/TheBoyWhoCriedWolfWE

Vincent (Don McLean cover)

July 16, 2017

hello everyone !!
hope you’ve all had a great week ?!
we’ve had a brilliant one – after the most phenomenal show at Kew The Music 2017 we went on to the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival in switzerland where we were lucky enough to share the stage with The Lumineers (such a good band !!!)
then last night we were in beautiful northern spain at Cap Roig Festival… three very different gigs but each of them incredible in their own way 🙂
a massive thanks to everyone that came along xxx
i also wanted to share one final sunday night video with you….
this is one of my all time favourite songs and in my eyes a total masterpiece . for this reason its a song i thought i would never cover as its one of the “untouchables” …. but i did …. sorry …. i hope i haven’t ruined it !!
its a slightly different approach to the previous cover songs ….
firstly , its just me and guitar this time as i felt like the lyrics and melody required as much space as possible . the video is also super simple . its just ariel footage of the lake district in northern england . i think with a song as perfect as this simplicity is the key ….
a huge thanks to Yousef Thami for capturing such stunning visuals .
remember , you can watch all of the “sunday night videos” here www.youtube.com/passengermusic and listen to all of the studio versions at https://Passenger.lnk.to/SundayNightSessionsFA
as i said , this will be the last one of the series . its been a wonderful project to work on . thank you all so much for your amazing feedback and for sharing the videos around . also a massive thanks to Jarrad Seng Photography and Bryan Dos Reis as well as my brilliant band and crew for making it all possible .
i’d like to dedicate this video to my good friend chris simmons and his family .
loads of love .
mike x

Kew the Music, London

July 13, 2017

LONDON – just wanted to say a massive and heartfelt thank you for the most extraordinary show at Kew The Music 2017 .
it was without doubt the wettest gig i’ve ever played and i was sure that the terrible weather would affect the turn out and the mood of the evening ….
not only this but less than 24 hours before the gig , my amazing bass player (rob) broke his little finger and for a while it was hanging in the balance as to whether he’d be able to play or not ….
i’d been looking forward to this gig all summer – my biggest ever uk headline show and to play at kew gardens is pretty special in itself so i was feeling fairly upset by the situation .
i needn’t have worried . rob was an absolute trooper and managed to not just make it through the show but didn’t miss a note . and what a crowd !!!! 7000 strong and drenched to the bone . you sang and danced and gave everything . the atmosphere was electric and i really mean it when i say that it was one of the best musical moments of my life .
thank you all so so much !!!
next up the
Montreux Jazz Festival with the The Lumineers . can’t wait 🙂
xx
photo by http://www.belindaenthoven.com/