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Blues guitar man Mike Brookfield comes blasting out with eleven new tracks of hot damn whack on an album that’s scorched through with the identity tag, “Brookfield”! It’s a whole new explosion of blues power from the Dublin-based guitarist who drew rave reviews for his Love Breaks the Fall LP in 2015.
“Brookfield is a master of his craft, a guitarist of great skill and tone.” Blues In Britain Magazine
The inspiration for this new record was sparked when Mike ran into writer-musician Eamon Carr in a late-night dive on one of Dublin’s most notorious backstreets. Boxing aficionado Carr, drummer and lyricist with Celtic rock legends Horslips, had just finished writing an album with Joe Cocker and Wings guitarist and celebrated hell-raiser Henry McCullough. An admirer of Brookfield’s playing, the rock’n’roll scribe needed little persuasion to ransack tattered notebooks dating from his days as a young poet on the same Beat scene circuit as Pete Brown (Cream, Battered Ornaments etc) and Adrian Henri (Liverpool Scene). Eventually, a stash of un-published lyrics that echoed the birth-cry of the blues – alienation, desolation and psychic transfiguration – were uncovered.
“Murderous blues rock thunderstorms…. the man simply does it all… awesome!” Blues News Magazine
Mike Brookfield honed his craft while playing in a number of musical shows in London’s West End back in the 1990s. At the turn of the century he moved to Ireland and while acting as a Music Coordinator in RTE where he worked on shows and events such as The Café, the Meteor Music Awards, the Childline Concert and The Late Late Show. During this time he performed with many well known international artists such as Lionel Ritchie, Tom Jones, Sinead O’Connor, Rod Stewart and Albert Hammond. Eventually he decided that he needed to make his own music and two years ago he released his debut album, Love Breaks the Fall, which attracted glowing reviews from the music press.
“Mike Brookfield is a virtuoso blues rocker…with a particular ability to craft hook-laden, big blues ballads …shedloads of prodigious rockabilly chops…what he can do with his Stratocaster, is bloody impressive.” Blues Matters Magazine
Now Mike is ready to release his 2nd album simply entitled “Brookfield”. This record is more than a sonic essay in the blues. It’s the raw – untreated, unregulated and unvarnished – sound of an artist at the peak of his powers, unleashing untamed forces, caging crazed demons and finding sweet deliverance in an electric six-string heaven. His playing will make you want to dance when it isn’t breaking your heart.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.