Michael Gallagher is an artist from the North East whose name should be on the lips of many who call themselves music fans. The 24-year-old artist, who grew up in Hartlepool, has honed his talent for music since his childhood.
It was Michael’s nan who introduced him to music culture first, gifting him a pile of CDs from Bowie and The Rolling Stones. The singer/songwriter had just played some more sold out shows in his hometown, and I caught up with him to learn more.
You recently went down to London to play a concert, what was it like down there?
It was really good to play a concert in the capital. The last time we played in London was in 2019, with Covid we could not get back down there until now. I do not want it to sound like I am complaining as everyone was in the same boat with Covid.
Do you have a dream venue which you would like to play in the North East?
My dream venue would be the 02 Academy in Newcastle as I have seen some great bands there such as The Cribs and The Wombats, closer to home it would be the Middlesbrough Empire.
I really like the new Globe theatre in Stockton, the restoration they have done is gorgeous, I went to see John Bishop there the other week.
I am lucky in that I have a big following in Hartlepool and the Teesside area, gigging though is the only way to get people to spread the word about you but as we all know getting to different places over the last two years has not been easy.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
A lot of the indie bands such as Oasis, The Kooks and The Wombats. As I got older, I started to appreciate bands such as Kings of Leon and The Strokes.
The Artic Monkeys too were a big influence on me, there has not been a big U.K. band since then to have that impact and influence. I went to see The Rolling Stones at the Ricoh stadium in Coventry a few years ago and they were brilliant, it has to be one of the best gigs I have been to.
What has been the worst job that you have had?
I have had quite a few jobs and I have loved them all. I have been a pot washer at my mum’s cafe once, she was a slave driver! I was only on £3 an hour at the time.
Do you ever get nervous before you appear on stage?
Not really, maybe a few years ago I might have done but not now because I enjoy doing it, I am always writing new material though I never force myself, I pick up my guitar and start playing whatever comes into my head.
What are your plans for the future?
We go back into the studio in a weeks’ time, though we have the sold-out gigs in Hartlepool first. You would be surprised at the age range of people who make up my audience, it ranges from sixteen-year-olds right up to sixty-year-olds. I have been playing shows in the North East for over two years now and my audience is building up really well.