As a tribute to Mic Christopher, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová sing Heyday (on the steps of the house where the song was written).
In a very emotional performance Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová sing Heyday - the late Mic Christopher's emblematic song.
Hansard and Christopher were friends and busking partners on Dublin's Grafton Street before forming The Frames and The Mary Janes respectively. Both songwriters had a huge influence on the Dublin music scene in the early '90s.
Christopher's band The Mary Janes had plenty of ups and downs (producing a superb album Sham along the way), to the point where Mic abandoned the music scene briefly (he became a bicycle courier for a while). In 2001 he returned to the music scene, reinvigorated after a serious accident, to record an e.p Heyday.
In the Autumn of 2001 Mic went on tour in Europe supporting one of his favourite bands, The Waterboys. Tragically, after a show in Groningen on the 18th of November, Christopher slipped down some stairs and was found unconscious. He was hospitalised, but his head injuries were too serious, and on the 29th of November aged 32 Mic Christopher died.
In 2013, Hansard and Irglová performed this acoustic version of Heyday, on the steps of the house, in Dartmouth Square, Dublin, where Mic Christopher wrote the song
Hansard has played the song frequently as a tribute to his friend, often with guests, but this particular performance is truly special, highlighting the strange mix of sadness and joy that the song holds.
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