FRIENDS AND INFLUENCES
Troy is a hugely
talented and accomplished musician who plays a whole array of
instruments - mainly the uilleann pipes. He joined Midge's band
for the 1998-1999 tours which supported the "Breathe"
CD but still contributes to Midges live shows, as recently as
September 2006 he joined Midge for a trip to Korea for a Womad
includes free MP3 downloads.
- drummer - who joined Midge's band in January 1998- is part
of independent, unsigned and unbothered band 'STEADMAN'. Check
out this site for more information on our beloved ginger drummer
and download free Steadman MP3s.
are a German act who have been performing and recording together
for 10+years. The band have re-recorded Midges song Personal
Heaven from the internet only release "Little Orphans"
as a duet with Midge contributing half the vocals.
This was released
on their 2006 CD "Lost In Paradise"
Born in Dublin,
and now resident in Dortmund Germany, Mark is a hugely talented
singer songwriter, who has supported Midge on his October 2006
and March 2007 German tours.
Check his webpage
for songs, CDs and gig info
YUKI - Official Website
is the Japanese singer with whom Midge recorded and produced
a 1996 CD entitled "Dear God".
web page has reference to that collabaration, and splendidly
refers to Midge as Midge Euro !!!!!
Glen was a
member of The Rich Kids along with Midge in 1977-78, not to mention
being an original Sex Pistol !.
The site gives
all the up to date news on Glens CD releases and gigs.
Helder Official Website
Anne is an
enormously talented musician - she sings, and plays guitar, piano
and flute who has supported Midge on UK gigs over the last 12
months. A founder member, and lead vocalist of an acclaimed UK
band Karnataka, when the band split up (after supporting Midge
at a gig funnily enough!) she struck out on her own.
are available through her site
Music, based in Hamburg, Germany are the company who released
the Re*Live CD and DVD in 2005.
the only way forward for music are companies like this who care
about the artist, and do not treat them like a "disposable
website to see the list of artists who also release music through
them who agree with this sentiment
Allcock Official Website
Maart, as he
is known , is truly a multi instrumentalist, playing most things
with strings on. He has lent his contributions to tours and recordings
with Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, and many more. He played
for Midge as a member of the "Breathe " band in 1998,
standing in for Troy Donockley.
Given the huge
influence Phil Lynotts early writing with Thin Lizzy had on Midges
songwriting it only seems natural to have some a link to a Thin
Lizzy fan site, which may give some background to this late Irish
Dickson Online - The Official Website
many parallels in her career to Midge, they both had initial
success in their native Scotland, but left home to search for
a wider audience. She like Midge has had many strands to her
They have "known
of "each other for many years, but first worked together
when Midge sang a duet on her 2006 CD of Beatles love songs
Gonna Change My World".
employs the services of Mr Donockley, and Mr Field....
Crew Official Website
for the huge (sorry Nick HUGE) hit I Just Died In Your Arms
Tonight, in 1986, the band reunited recently and have found a
home with Hypertension Music from Hamburg
Midge have worked together many times, from the Band Aid single
in 1984, through many Princes Trust Concerts, up to Howards 20th
anniversary concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2003.
page for up to date gig and CD info...
Peter is a
hugley successful comedian from the north of England (the best
bit!), who has given Midge more name checks - Vienna playing
in the background, the odd Pure T shirt cropping up, than is
proper. So we thought we'll give him a plug here...not that he
needs our help any more............
MIDGE URE.COM WOULD LIKE YOU TO BE AWARE OF
A UK based
charity Midge has happily associated himself with to raise awareness
of child poverty both abroad and at home. He has made numerous
profile raising trips abroad for the charity to both Ethiopia
and Sierra Leone
A UK based charity which
works to not only to alleviate homelessness, but help homeless
people stand on their own feet, and change their lives.
Read, understand and
The Lords Taverners
have been helping children in the UK, particularly those with
special needs for over 50 years. Well known for its charity cricket
matches, a major fund raiser for the charity is also its annual
concert at The Royal Albert Hall, the 2006 one Midge was pleased
to appear at.
The links between
the music industry and Nordoff Robbins are long and well established
- a pioneering charity , the foundation of its work is based
on the premise that all people, whether young or old, and no
matter how disabled or traumatised will respond to music..
Visit the website
to learn more.
A UK charity
that not only reunites over 4,000 lost cats with owners every
year, but re-homes 60,000 more.
Visit the webpage
to find how you could help by sponsoring a cat.
needed.......go and take a look, even if you don't join you may
learn a little more about some world wide issues.
EQUIPMENT USED FREQUENTLY
A small company
with a huge reputation for excellence.
Based in the
North of England producing hand crafted guitars for over 25 years,
Midge has been using their electric guitars for over 18 years,
and you can see them in videos from Cold Cold Heart onwards.....
Well if you
have a good guitar, you need a strong case to keep it in, and
these are the best. In June 2006 one of Midges guitars was the
victim of baggage handlers at a certain UK airport, the case
was driven over by a truck, and the whole body of the case shattered
(not surprising really), the guitar inside was perfect....it
was a Hiscox case!!!!! - no further recomendation needed
guitar of choice Taylor acoustic guitars have a natural sound
which translates perfectly when "plugged" in through
a DI box to a PA system, in short they sound exactly as warm
when plugged in, as when played "unplugged"
web page to see the vast range of wonderfully crafted guitars
Line 6 effects pedals both in live shows, and when recording
his electric guitar. He started with the original "kidney
" shaped Pod, and has now moved up to the Pod XT pedal board
Midge has been
a long time user of M-Audio midi keyboards and synth software
when recording his music
Midge was a
user of Vox AC30 amps in the days of Ultravox, so he is more
than happy with using the most recent addition to the Vox family,
the AD120VT. This amp has 21 effects and 16 different amp sounds
modelled on original amp characteristics.
A hugely versatile
tool for the performing guitarist
An UK based
independant manufacturer of loudspeakers for over 25years , Shermann
Audio make the monitors we use for Midges UK acoustic shows.
The MRL4 is
a small wedge monitor with a big sound that projects a vocal
with unsurpassed clarity.
are just the tip of the manufacturing iceberg at Shermann Audio
who produce a wide range of speakers for different needs and
make the custom moulded In Ear Monitors Midge uses for his live
shows. Custom made for each client from moulds taken from the
artits ear, these earpices reproduce music and words with unmatched
fidelity and clarirty. The type that Midge uses are UE5 which
are a two way (ie separate bass and HF speakers) earpieces.
Midge is a
user of both Sennheiser microphones, and In Ear Monitors.
used are the e840 vocal mic, and he also uses a e606 for recording
his acoustic guitar on home demos.
For the In
Ear Monitors we use the G2 system which has proved itself to
be totally reliable in difficult conditions, with exceptional
fidelity and headroom.
URE WEB SITES
The official German
language website / mailing list for Midges solo work, first established
by our good friend Mike Lubek, now overseen by other dedicated
members of the German MU/Ultravox community.
website from Holland giving equal covarge to both Midge and his
previous bands including Ultravox. In both Dutch and English
it includes up to dates news and gig info, and a more complete
discography than we at MU.com would ever attempt. Loads of archive
images to browse.
Ultravox Tribute Band Website
been playing together for over several years and gained the approval
of the ex members of Ultravox and fans with long memories who
saw Ultravox perform. the band accurately reproduce the sound
of Ultravox live in the 1980's. Visit the bands website and check
out where you can see them perform.
A new artist management / creative
team Midge is involved in -
"Were with you for the
CCW Long Play Limited exists to help musicians manage and exploit
the rights resulting from their creativity. It is run by a management
team with over 50 years of legal and music industry experience.
Read more on the website....