Encore Magazine August 2021

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a different side of me, the Irish ballad side of me.’ That’s how you’ll know if I’ve gone crazy — if I actually put out an album of Irish lullabies.”

From hibernation to domination For the last few months, however, Lynch has been riding his bicycle a lot. He grew his hair out to see “how annoyed it would make my wife,” he says, cutting it in May after the “awkward” but “fun experiment” ran its course. As he prepares to hit the road, he jokes, “I’m going from complete hibernation to world tour domination. Nothing in between.”

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Michigan Performances 7 p.m. Aug. 27 Wealthy Theatre Grand Rapids 7 p.m. Aug. 28 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak Lynch's credits the "genius strategy" of his agent, Mike Berkowitz, for getting the new tour on track. During the pandemic, Berkowitz would reschedule Lynch's tour stops every few months to “keep him on the books” at venues across the country, hoping everything would reopen at some point. The move is allowing Lynch to quickly resume his tour this summer, now that much of the country has received the vaccine and many pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Lynch says audiences can expect a show of almost entirely new songs and says he’s anxious to return to the stage, anticipating a special vibe as performers and audiences reacquaint themselves. He expects a few rough spots but is looking forward to those as well.