With an album on the way later in the year, songwriter Michael Armstrong is a songwriter who is relatively late to bloom. He’s already had careers that have come and gone, and has grown up with a deep love of music as a sideline, more of a hobby it seems.
However, when life got in the way of his most recent business venture, Armstrong decided to explore his love of music further, and discovered that he had a knack for writing songs people could empathise with. The initial fruit of that labour will be the self-titled album this spring, but that’s preceded in March by his first double A side single.
Two contrasting songs that do a good job of showing – at this early stage – that Armstrong is able to turn his hand to different styles and moods, the single will feature ‘Back to Work’ and ‘The Radio Years’. The first is perhaps a sideways glace at his former life – getting up early every morning to face the train ride to work, the same every day. The latter is a tribute to his love of music and the songwriters who now inspire him to make his own material. Holding classic songwriters like Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and more in such high stead, it lends quite a retro feel to his own writing (you don’t get many proper saxophone solos in mainstream music these days, that’s for sure).
It’s the kind of music that should hit home to anyone who has a love of great music, or has had to face the daily cycle of work/eat/sleep. And it bodes well for the album that’s on the way.
Keep on top of the latest release info at www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk – and you can catch him live too:
Saturday, 7th February 2015 – Special guest to BEVERLEY CRAVEN
EPSOM PLAYHOUSE, EPSOM, SURREY
Saturday, 28th February 2015 (Peter Howarth Unplugged)
THE DUGDALE CENTRE, ENFIELD
Saturday, 2nd May 2015 (Peter Howarth Unplugged)
CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE, BATH
Saturday, 9th May 2015 (Peter Howarth Unplugged)
EPSOM PLAYHOUSE MYERS STUDIO THEATRE
Saturday, 16th May 2015 (Peter Howarth Unplugged)
THE ACOUSTIC TEAROOM, CUMBRIA