Here’s news to brighten up the winter gloom.
Mike’s off on his fourth tour in two years next Month – but this time he’s breaking his self-imposed rule to never visit the same place twice.
“Virtually all the venues I’ve played have asked for a return visit but I wanted to avoid doing so as the show is basically a continuation of what I’ve been doing since Spring 2011,” he explained, “It’s still ‘Me, a guitar and some daft stuff’ although some of the material changes each time.
“The only place I’ve been back to is the Georgian Theatre at Richmond but that’s because it’s the ideal place to try out new material in an intimate theatre with a great atmosphere”.
The next tour sees Mike back at the Lancaster Grand Theatre, however. The reason being that when he played the Grand two years ago he was suffering from a severe sore throat and croaked his way through the two hour show.
“I wasn’t at my best that night,” says Mike, “which is why I want to return to the Grand and give the audience a proper good night out.”
The Spring 2013 tour starts on April 3rd with two nights in one of the country’s smallest venues, the 70-seat Shed at Brawby, near Malton, after which he’ll be moving on to the grandeur of the 500-seat, newly-refurbished, Oldham Coliseum.
Next comes the most northerly touring date to the Alnwick Playhouse, after which Mike will be back in Yorkshire with appearances in Hebden Bridge and Harrogate, Whitby and Bridlington.
The Sage at Gateshead is next on the agenda followed by appearances in Preston and Runcorn, and then more Yorkshire dates in Ilkley, Selby and Penistone.
The deep south – well the Midlands – is featured in the tour with dates in Peterborough, Mansfield, Solihull and Newcastle-under-Lyme, followed by a trip to Lincolnshire to visit Gainsborough and, finally, Boston.
Plus, of course, Mike’s return visit to the Lancaster Grand. “There’s another good reason for playing the Grand,” says Mike, “It’s only a cock stride back home to Settle.”