A strong songwriter and an expressive interpreter of established music, Mike Moran gives good show. A gifted storyteller, Moran incorporates stories, jokes, and the occasional puppet into each performance, keeping things quick and sharp and playful. (He also tends to dance as he plays, always up on his feet.)
He can also get down, crosslegged in a corner of the library or a porch or a living room, with kids and parents, and offer up some goofy, verbal, bouncy songs, washed down with a story and a poem or two. As a teacher of twenty-plus years at the middle school and high school level, and the co-director of Odyssey Theatre in Mount Vernon for sixteen years working primarily with elementary-age kids, Moran handles an audience of children with directness, gentleness, and humor.
Given the opportunity, Moran loves a morning drive to any church, just to offer up a few words of hope and love and to lead the congregation in a handful of spirituals.
Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants
Moran's repartee with drinking audiences is fooking delicious. A dumb-ass with a smart mouth, Moran can get the folks listening, laughing, and then leaning in. With a crackling voice that can drop to a make-your-innards-quiver bass before sailing up to a wailing, break-your-heart-wide-open tenor, Moran attacks his blues, his tin-pan-alleyesque pop songs, his splatter of spirituals, and all those lovely singalong folksongs, with fervor and with humor. Cranking on the harp-holder and placing a harmonica so as to blow and tongue along with Six-String Maybelline or his spanking little rhythm-stick, Tilly Shakespeare, he moves quickly, up on his feet, from one song to the next, pausing only when a joke requires it. And he ends each song with a shake and a pose.
Crafting a show taking place in in someone's home is one of Moran's favorite things to do. His thirty-plus-year history of stage and theatre work - as actor, director, playwright, sound-designer, lighting designer, and stage manager - provides him with a unique edge in this sort of thing. Working with the host, Moran can craft an enjoyable stretch of time for your guests, in a way that best captures what's needed for the party.
For questions about booking, contact Moran at MikeMoran@goatsinger.com