Folk \ Celtic
When you hear the trace of history in his voice and the tune washes over; you are not sure if you are in present day St. John's, Newfoundland or somewhere in Waterford in the early part of the century. He is a voice for today who has not forgotten yesteryear.
Michael Hanrahan is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most innovative vocalists and instrumentalists. He maintains a living playing music in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland playing in many different bands and as a solo artist.
After touring for seven years as a member of the Juno award winning Irish Descendants, recording as a session player for countless CDs and being recognized as a prolific multi-instrumentalist Michael Hanrahan continues to perform, create, and record.
He has appeared on Canada AM, The Juno Awards with Great Big Sea, The East Coast Music Awards CBC Show, MusicNL’s Export Ready Showcase in 2011, in Trafalgar Square with The Ennis Sisters in celebration of Beaumont Hamel, at many of North America’s greatest folk festivals, hundreds of corporate and special events over the last ten years and continues to do so. His song “All Our Hearts” from his record “freeing lonesome tune” was selected by mvyradio.com who is one of the most listened-to internet radio stations in the world.
His first release “Tie Me Down” was released in 2005. Hanrahan asked Dermott O’Reilly (Ryan’s Fancy) who was both mentor and friend to Mike to do the cover track as a duet. O’Reilly passed away in 2007 and the CD now stands as testament to the passing of the torch to the next generation of Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Musicians. His second album "Freeing lonesome tune" was released in July 2009 and is another example of his innovated song-writing and arrangement of music. He is now working on a third album, hopefully to be out this fall, while continuing to perform with Connemara, and Middle Tickle and if he wasn’t busy enough he also runs a guitar repair business on the side.
“My success as a musician owes much to the many artists I have played with. I am fortunate to have them as influences and to be able to remain in Newfoundland, in my home town, doing what I love and am most passionate about.”