Susana caught up with musician Mick Bennett for an interview.

Do you have a stage name?
Mick Bennett, most people that have been coming here over the past 20 years kind of know the name.

Where are you from originally?
Ireland, Dublin.

How long have you lived in Lanzarote?
Since 1992.

What do you play?
Guitar, Piano & Vocals.

Who is your idol & inspiration?
My mother.

Do you have any special projects coming up?
Playing at the Craic n´Ceol over the Autumn & Winter, also playing guitar with Siobhan Bell https://lanzaroteinformation.com/content/siobhain-bell every Wednesday at the Craic n´Ceol in Puerto del Carmen.

I have a whole bunch of new songs I´ve been writing for the past 3 years. I’m going to work on these through the winter.

(As a sample, you can listen to the song “Brand New Day”written by Mick and performed by the amazing Siobhan Bell here: https://soundcloud.com/micustic/brand-new-day-mick-bennett-and-siobhan-bell-written-by-mbennett-output-stereo-out).

I have my new original music website up and running: www.mickbennett.com where you can find my original songs, live dates, downloads, sound clips and contact information. Also our live music agency MUSICLANZAROTE can be found at https://musiclanzarote.com.

I hear you also play at weddings.
Yes, all the details can be found on https://weddingmusiclanzarote.com.

What do you like about the island?
I have relocated over the years to various European countries: Germany, Portugal, etc., but I always found myself coming back to Lanzarote. I find it a very “unpretentious” island, the sort of place that accepts you for what you are if you give it a bit of time and care. So many good things here: the crime rate is relatively low, the weather is good for the body and mind… There is a very “small town” feel to the island, which I like.

What is your favourite place in Lanzarote?
In my home with my beautiful wife June, 5 minutes from the sea and with a view of the mountains.

It sounds idyllic! Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
Read some good books, listen to some good music and don’t take any nonsense off anyone… ever!

Thank you very much, Mick, it’s been a pleasure.