John Cairns – article posted April 13, 2013

Music Review
MUSIC-MAN MIKE LYNCH MAPS THE ROADWAYS OF HUMAN HEARTS Review by Jay Scott Kanes Author, Island Toes A’Tapping (2006) ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, Canada
   Following the recent death of Stomping Tom Connors, long regarded as Canada’s leading …traveling balladeer, the task of upholding hit-the-road musical traditions falls squarely onto the likes of Ontario-based Mike Lynch. Being in some respects even more talented than Connors, Mike appears fully equal to the challenge. A country-music songwriter and guitar-string puller with a wealth of experience gained when traveling and performing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, Mike recently released a new CD, titled Transitions. In a slight “change of gears”, he filled this collection mostly with love songs, turning into more of a troubadour than ever. From “Our Love” and “Krissy’s Song” to the likes of “Right All Along” and “Far Away Girl”, these songs follow not the routes shown on highway maps, but rather the trails of love passing through human hearts. These pathways can prove highly complex.
“Hard as nails, she can be, Or soft as a pillow some days. She can stir me up, put a fire in my side, Or say that she loves me after a fight, Oh, this love, it ain’t perfect, But it’s our love…. Our love is like a wide-open sky, Sun in your face, tear in your eye, It’s beautiful, yeah.” From “Our Love”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Mike assesses some of the important lessons that he has learned on journeys of the heart. “Every girlfriend taught me something, Something about love. When I was younger, I thought I knew love. But really I didn’t know that much. Always learning, We’re still learning about love….” From “Krissy’s Song”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Even an on-the-move musician can form the most truly meaningful attachments. As Mike sings: “Her name was Krissy. It’s a funny story. She moved in next door, And into my house, And into my heart, And I never let her go, And we’re still learning. We’re still learning about love….” From “Krissy’s Song”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Produced by Matt Keighan and by Mike, Transitions emerges from Audiomat (www.audiomat.ca), a studio in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Among the supporting musicians, Jay Reed plays electric guitar, Keighan handles drums and Joel Banks tugs on bass guitar. Not only did Mike write every song, but he plays piano and harmonica too.
Mike’s high-magnitude impact resonates on every track. Along with a wealth of love songs, Transitions features several tracks about other challenges, like nicotine addiction (“Last Cigarette”) and persistent partying (“I Tied One on Last Night”).
“This is my very last cigarette, I’ll never smoke again, Just like the one I had late last night, and the one before then…. The doctor says if I don’t quit, It soon will be my death…. Now I’m hanging onto Every living, loving, last puff Like it’s my last breath. Why do all the good things Have to be so damn bad for us?” From “Last Cigarette”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Sometimes life poses serious challenges. Then mere survival tests a person. “Hard times on the left hand, Troubles on the right. It’s hard to be a good man, When you’re fighting for your life. You’ll cheat, you’ll steal, You’ll never sleep at night, When there’s hard times on the left hand, Troubles on the right.” From “Hard Times on the Left Hand, Troubles on the Right”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Another song, “Happy Days”, blends words of longing with an update about the characters in a long-popular television show. “Richie Cunningham fell in love with Lori Beth. They got married and had a family of their own. Mr. and Mrs. C, you know they’re still together, And Fonzie still likes to ride that motorbike. And I want to be part of your Happy Days, Your haaaa-ppy days….” From “Happy Days”, Mike Lynch, Transitions, 2013
Listeners to this album easily find much to like. Anyone seeking flaws or disagreeable aspects will find the going much tougher. For more details: www.lynchmusic.ca.See More

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The reviews are already coming in for ‘Transitions’..

Mike’s new CD Transitions is “A Breath of Fresh Air” ..I enjoyed auditioning (this) new album and plan to program it over the next couple of weeks
Michael Richard LeBlanc/producer & ‘”on-air” show director, CBC Radio, 106.1 FM in Moncton

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“Mike has once again shown himself to be a truly singular and unique songwriter. His latest collection “Transitions”  is a varied and fresh-sounding assortment of rowdiness and sensitivity.”
Pete Walker, Music Director
KX-96 FM Oshawa

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December Tour Dates. 2012.

SATURDAY. Nov.  24  House Concert, Sarnia ON. If you’re in the area contact Kim at #519-381-6261
Nov. 30, The Duck in St.Catharines, w’ Marty Allen, and Angela Sircusa!!  
Dec. 7, Old Winery, Niagara On The Lake – highway #55
Dec. 8, Kilt and Clover, Beamsville ON.  “Eric Arsenaults Birthday Party”..!!   King St. and Mountainview.
Dec. 14, Espanola Garage Concert,  Espanola On.
Sat. Dec. 15, Ahmic Harbour Hotel, Ahmic Harbour, ON.
Dec. 28 , Moonshine Cafe, Kerr st.  Oakville On.
Dec. 31,  New Years –  190 Fairway Rd.  Woodstock Ontario.   Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door.  reservations at 519-533-6466 or email Carolyn – carolyn@sallycreekgolf.com

http://lynchmusic.ca/tour-dates/

July 15, 2012

Hey folks,  its been a super busy summer so far..    We toured out to Dauphin Manitoba (performing in Sudbury, Goulais River, Wawa, Rossport, and  Nestor Falls Ontario, along the way ) for Dauphin’s Countryfest! www.countryfest.ca     .    It was an amazing experience!   We performed the mainstage to at 1:30 on the Saturday for a big, enthusiastic crowd!  Then at 4:30 I was back on mainstage again with one of my heroes Charlie Major! As part of the “Songwriters Circle” with Clayton Bellamy, Arron Lines, Joel Stewart, Charlie Major, Wendell Ferguson..   I walked on stage looking for a seat and a microphone, and between Joel Stewart (CMT/artist)  and Charlie Major, there was one chair available.. I didn’t even think about it, the choice was clear..   As the songwriter in round came down the line, Charlie performed  “I do it for the Money”,  I followed with my “Will to Survive”!  Then he played “Backroads”, so I answered with “Old Fashioned Side of Me”, etc..   At the end of the show,  Charlie Major turned to me and said “Could I have a copy of your CD”..  I mean, this guy is a monster songwriter and a real nice guy too, and he wanted a Road Map!!

We then rushed back to perform at Roger Marin’s Cicadafest in St.Catherines On. The following week.  Where we headlined the Friday night!   This was a well run festival, with artists from all over North America appearing.. www.cicadafest.com  Was a great time!!  Check out the pics below! Pictures by Ian Faiers..