“The most important writer of new, unashamedly political protest songs on these two islands in the last ten years.” The Living Tradition Magazine
Mick is a singer/songwriter based in County Leitrim. His songs have a strong message, covering topics such as social injustice, inequality and war. His song “Oblivious” was covered by Christy Moore, and appears on Moore’s latest album, “Lily”. Mick performed alongside Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott and Damien Dempsey at concerts in Vicar Street and at the highly-publicised Centenary Celebration Concert in Dublin in 2016, he has also received plaudits from music legends such as Paul Brady and Steve Wall.
In 2017, Mick launched his album “Oblivious” at the Balor Arts Centre in his native Donegal. Following the concert, one critic declared “If the purpose of art is to hold a mirror to society then this Letterkenny-born, Leitrim based singer is, in my opinion, the most important artist recording in Ireland today.” His songs are beautiful things in and of themselves. For many, however, it’s the lyrics and the subject matter he tackles that raises Micks work to another level. Whether it be "Mr Tepper" where he juxtaposes real life hedge fund millionaire David Tepper with the havoc wreaked to Irish society by his actions, the selling off of Ireland’s natural resources in "The Giveaway" or the albums title track "Oblivious" – dedicated to those suffering from blind allegiance or apathy – his music is achingly beautiful combining the social conscience of Christy Moore with the poetic delivery of Paul Brady. It’s no coincidence that both men have championed his new album. It has been declared that in 20 or 30 years time when future generations look back at the Banking Crisis, the Bailout and the collapse of the Celtic Tiger it is Mick Blake’s music that will form the soundtrack of these times.
"I have been looking forward to this album for the last 2 years - Mick Blake is a true modern day bard. He gave me permission to record his song “Oblivious” on my 2016 album "Lily". It has become a much admired song in current concerts.I have high regard for Mick’s process and work ethic - he chooses his topics carefully, then researches them thoroughly. The result is this important collection of songs which I do not hesitate to recommend to you."
"Catch Cries – just love this song and performance. And there's more where that came from – check out Mick Blake from Leitrim." Paul Brady
"Mick Blake is one of the finest song writers in the country. Incredibly well-crafted lyrics and accurate observations on social and historical issues." Steve Wall
"The most important writer of new, unashamedly political protest songs on these two islands in the last ten years." The Living Tradition Magazine
"Oblivious" is available on CD from www.mickblakemusic.com
for digital download from Bandcamp