One of the biggest names on the country music scene, Michael English, has announced that he will “extensively curtail” live shows from September 2022 to April 2023.
The 43-year-old Kildare native says continuing Covid-19 case numbers, which he claims, have been impacting attendance at country shows, is a “factor” in his decision.
He confirmed that he will fulfil some shows but will primarily focus on songwriting and releasing new albums during this period.
In a statement on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, a spokesperson for Michael English Music said:
“Michael has taken the decision to extensively curtail his live shows from September 2022 to April 2023. The continuing Covid-19 numbers, which have been affecting attendance at country shows, has been a factor in his decision.”
“During this time, Michael will focus on song-writing and releasing two new albums, including a gospel album, which has been a long-time ambition of his.”
“Michael will still fulfil some shows like the Cork Opera House & the Scottish tour in October, for which some shows are carried over from 2020.”
“He is already planning events for 2023 including Spain, Portgual and Gertrude Byrne’s cruise of Alaska.”
“We apologise for the inconvenience of any cancelled shows. However, Michael will continue to release new music and be present on social media,” the spokesperson concluded.
Reacting to the news on social media, one user said: “It is not viable for artists to perform with a reduced audience. Attendance has not returned to pre-Covid numbers plus putting the team on the road with the current cost of fuel.”
Another wrote: “Stay safe Michael and your band and crew. Hopefully, we will be back to packed venues at some stage. Looking forward to hearing your new music. What a gifted talented artist you are. Take care of yourself.”
Another commented: “It is going to be tough for bands in the future. It is an older crowd that attend country music venues, ticket prices have risen, and the cost of travelling and hotels are so expensive.”
Another said: “Disappointed but wise decision in light of the current situation. The health and safety of you and the band are paramount.”
“You will be sadly missed. Looking forward to hearing all your new music and to the new albums. Wishing you all the best for the future.”
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