Live from the Chandelier Lobby
Mickey Spain will be performing Live at the F.M. Kirby Center on Parade Day, Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m., for a FREE concert event.
Mickey Spain is a 2nd generation folk singer and songwriter from the mill town of Manchester NH. Although he grew up in a household steeped in music and musicians, Mickey did not actually begin to play music until his mid twenties. While laid up with injuries from an automobile accident, his father gave him a guitar and with an uncontrollable fervor, Mickey went to work learning three chords. The rumors that he never learned another are completely inaccurate. He has indeed learned a few more, and though he’s not sure what they’re called, he is not hesitant to throw them into a song when he thinks they’ll fit…most often they don’t. Over a three week period, Mickey worked tirelessly honing his craft. He partnered with his brother Liam and they began performing Irish and American folk songs as The Spain Brothers.
It was during this time as a duo, that Mickey and Liam met another set of brothers; The Makem Brothers. Shane, Conor and Rory Makem, sons of the legendary Irish folk singer Tommy Makem, grew up in a small mill town not far from Mickey and Liam. It was while the Spain boys were performing in a Dover NH pub that the two sets of brothers met and developed a friendship based on a shared love of folk music. It wasn’t long before this friendship blossomed into a partnership and Mickey and Liam joined forces with Shane, Conor and Rory to form the internationally touring Irish folk band The Makem and Spain Brothers. Over the years the lineup changed, leaving Mickey, Liam and Rory to tour as Makem and Spain. Recently, the band decided to part ways leaving Mickey to perform as a solo artist as well as with his brother, Liam.
Mickey is also an accomplished writer of children’s songs and has recorded a CD of some of his material with his band The Mickey Spain Musical Jamboree; entitled What do you think I saw today? Whether it’s children or adults, Mickey is at his best while he is entertaining; he is at home in front of any audience and on any stage. His quiet and unassuming manner, his warm sense of humor, his rich baritone voice and his wealth of folk songs will draw you in and make him an act that you do not want to miss.