There are plenty of reasons to hate Mondays. It signals the official end to the weekend, meaning the lie-ins are over and its time to shake off the weekend mind-set and do all the things you put off doing last Friday. But worst of all, its day one of the working week, and this means four long days of hard grind stretching between you and that well-deserved Friday afternoon pint.
This Monday, though, was a little different. The new ‘Music Mondays’ night at CAST begun tonight, featuring live acoustic sessions from local musicians and happening once a month from now on. Oh, and best of all, they’re completely free.
This week offered up for our musical pleasure was local singer/songwriter Michael Feerick, who treated the audience to a rare glimpse of his solo talent. Fresh from LA, where he has been recording with his band Amusement Parks on Fire, Michael has already spent ten years on the Nottingham music scene. However, he’s sneaking over into another genre for this ethereal acoustic set, as his band usually sticks to much heavier alternative rock. The stripped-back brilliance of this set really showcases the quality of the young musician’s voice.
Although Feerick played mostly his own creations, which were received positively by the audience tonight, he also slipped in a cover. His version of Stina Nordenstam was a perfect choice for tonight. The Swedish artist shares the same raw talent Michael Feerick conveys and the folksy intensity of this song really got the crowd going.
Counting such musical giants as Pink Floyd and Neil Young as inspirations, Michael Feerick has proven his own place as a solo artist with impressive lyrics and inspiring vocals. Overall, the revellers down here in Nottingham are thrilled Feerick fitted us into his solo tour as he moves onto Edinburgh and London.
Michael Feerick played at Cast on Monday 9 July 2012.