Singer songwriter Michael Cunningham released his debut album ‘Hidden Treasures’ in 2017. Written some 20 years ago in collaboration with Jim Anderson, the tapes lay in his garage until last year before taking them out and realising that “playing those ancient cassettes and recordings was indeed a light bulb moment. The sound quality and recording factors were terrible, but their themes of love, loss and loneliness were timeless”.
So Michael gave up his career in marketing, set about re-recording the songs and self financed the release of his debut album. He is already a successful singer, performing as frontman of well known Belfast cover band ‘The Unusual Suspects’. They played in front of 33,000 people in 2016 at Belfast City Council’s Halloween Special held at the Titanic Slipway. Quite an achievement. Get to Know Michael Cunningham.
Name: Michael Cunningham
Where You’re from: Belfast
Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: Smooth, pop, soul, energetic, real,
Best thing about the Northern Ireland music scene: There are tremendous opportunities and fantastic support of artists in Northern Ireland.
Digital music, CDs or vinyl: Digital
Biggest musical influence: The Beatles (Isnt everybodies?)
What you’re listening to right now: Vance Joy
Favourite venue: The Limelight
Best local band/artist of the moment: Gareth Dunlop
Last gig you attended: The Killers
Best gig you ever attended: Crowded House, Dublin
Gig you wish you could have attended: The Beatles roof top Abbey road
Favourite album of all time: Revolver – Beatles
Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Neil Finn
Last thing you do before going onstage: Check my hair, then laugh
Most prized possession: My bashed up 25 year old acoustic guitar
Last present you gave to someone: A drum box
Dream festival line-up: Paul McCartney, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Coldplay, The Killers, Stereophonics, Greenday
Check out Michael’s debut album Hidden Treasures on Spotify here.