MIKE GROGAN – Too Many Ghosts (Poacher Records PRCD105 & PRLP106)

Too Many GhostsMike Grogan’s musical background spans many genres – rock, punk and indie among them. He became a solo artist in 2011 and released his first album in 2012. Too Many Ghosts is released on 10th February 2017 and will be his third solo release. Mike has written all the songs on the album.

Right from the first track, ‘Show Them What Love Can Do’, the album emphasizes how positive life and humanity can be “we’ll be solid in our stand for freedom…we’ll stand side by side when people need us/we’ll be something you can shout about”. The song has a chorus you can easily picture an audience singing along with on a live performance. This sets the scene for the album and a number of the other tracks have equally strong choruses that should go down well live and lyrics that also reflects positively on the human spirit – notably ‘Let Me Feel the Rain’, ‘The Way’, ‘Big Ships’, ‘Heaven Is Here’.

The promotional video below is introduced by Mike Grogan personally, “ Too Many Ghosts was written as a reflection on the baggage we sometimes carry around with us and in reality that baggage can stop us appreciating what’s in front of us”. You can hear this in ‘Hallelujah’ with its message that the superficialities of life won’t help in the long run and that we should leave the world better than we found it. It is also to be heard in the lyrics from the title song “If I could make life better for you/tell me what, oh what, should I do” (‘Too Many Ghosts’)

My personal favourite, capturing the generosity of spirit in these songs, and all the more powerful for its simpler arrangement is ‘Wish You’ where the singer is looking to the future on behalf of another (an ex-lover? an old friend? It’s not clear, but it doesn’t matter – what counts is that he sings of what he wishes to happen for them) “Don’t be looking backwards…..I wish you the world/I wish you the stars/ I wish you the life that you deserve, I hope you go far”.

Mike Grogan will be touring solo across the country in 2017 – just voice and guitar – and in the summer will also be playing festivals with a full band.

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Mike Grogan announces his new album

Mike Grogan

The new album by singer-songwriter Mike Grogan, called Too Many Ghosts is released on the 10th February, 2017. This will be Mike’s third album and like the last one Make Me Strong, it is a conceptual work. This beautiful reflective album, with ten original songs,  embraces  the fragility of life and love (‘Let Me Feel The Rain’, ‘Show Them What Love Can Do’, ‘Wish You’, ‘Underground’, ‘The Way’), and it also reflects on the past whilst trying to look optimistically into the future (‘Too Many Ghosts’, ‘Heaven Is Here’). It delivers a karmic message (‘Hallelujah’), that we should strive to do the right thing, and that the superficialities of life won’t help in the long run.

As with the last album, this one has been recorded and produced by Devon based Mark Tucker, who has been responsible for many great albums of late for example Show Of Hands’ Wake The Union and The Long Way Home. Mike has enlisted the support of some great musicians on this album including John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (The Who, Free, Bob Marley, Crawler), Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes (Show Of Hands) along with James Eller (The The).

Mike will be playing stripped down and solo with just voice and guitars extensively across the country in 2017 and will also be playing many festivals during the summer of 2017 with full band.

Mike Grogan is singer-songwriter based in the south of England whose songs focus on the social, and the human spirit. His songs can be personal and written in the third person but all are weaved with a delicate sensitivity. Mike plays a variety of instruments including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, piano and harmonica. His current road and recording companions are his Patrick Eggle Skyland acoustic, Martin D-28 and Fylde tenor guitar.

Artist’s website: www.mikegrogan.co.uk

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