MUSIC Mick Hanly to perform in Matt Molloy’s


Mick Hanly is performing an intimate gig in Matt Molloy’s, Westport, tomorrow evening (Wednesday). The singer/songwriter has been around the block more times than most and has tried on a variety of hats in search of his own voice.
Born into a music loving family in Limerick, he started his career on the folk circuit in the ’70s, when he made a couple of folk albums – ‘A Kiss in the Morning Early’ and ‘As I Went Over Blackwater’ – for the Mulligan label, before turning his hand to songwriting and fronting Moving Hearts for a spell in the early ’80s, which included the recording of ‘Live Hearts’ in the Dominion Theatre London.
Hanly then formed his own band, Rusty Old Halo, before eventually going solo and honing his own style. He had a major hit with his song ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ Stateside in 1992, and he picked up three BMI awards, most recently for passing the ‘Two Million Radio Plays’ mark, as well as two Hot Press and two National Entertainment awards.
His songs have been recorded by artists Hal Ketchum, Mary Black, Delbert McClinton, Dolores Keane, Christy Moore and other big names. ‘Mick Hanly Collected’ was released in 2009, and the veteran singer/songwriter is presently recording a new album called ‘Homeland’ for release in Jan 2016.