Meeting by chance on the beautiful, volcanic island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands (where they are still based), Mick Bennett and James Lynch founded the musical duo Mick James, who are getting noticed by people in all areas of the international music community.
Their live shows, combining a large concert sound with the urgency and excitement of a small club have become legendary.
Both Mick and James have been songwriters all their lives and have produced an album of their own songs, Easier Way To Fly.
With James´ North American roots and Mick´s Irish origins, their style is an original blend of country, rock and folk – but they have been known to touch upon many other musical styles as well…
Mick is a native son of Dublin and inheritor of all its and Ireland´s poetry and music.
Influenced by the greats such as Paul Brady, Christy Moore and Chet Atkins he has had the opportunity to work and learn with many of them.
In addition, the likes of Christy Dignam from Aslan, Irish songwriter Jimmy McCarthy, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Irish blues star Don Baker and Brian Downey from Thin Lizzy have enriched his musical career.
His music has taken him throughout the world where his singing and guitar playing have made an impact in countries such as Norway, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Cyprus, England and now the Canary Islands, where he works and resides.Mick has a solo album, soon to be released.
James, made of Irish-immigrant stock, was born to rock in New Jersey USA, then drifted through Canada, Southern California, Texas and on to Europe, always with guitar in hand.
Member of the two-time Grammy nominated group The Moody Brothers, he has recently worked with John Carter Cash (son of), Tony Joe White (Polk Salad Annie, Steamy Windows, Rainy Night in Georgia) and TexMex legend Flaco Jimenez.
He has recorded solo albums (Interstate 40 and Change) and worked with many other groups and names as singer, guitarist, bass player, songwriter and producer.
Besides his work with Mick James, James also performs solo as a guitarist and singer.
James currently resides in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (by way of France and Barcelona) where he finds the ground more fertile for his brand of live performing (and surfing!), all year round.Like Mick, James has a solo album, Against The Tide, soon to be released. Checkout the video for the title track, Against The Tide.
Besides his part in Mick James, Mick Bennett is one of the greatest solo performers there is. With his own original songs and thousands of others, there is something there for everyone.
As a musician and producer, James has been a member of many groups over the years, including Mick James. But as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, his solo shows are one of a kind.