Michael found his passion for music early in life, in the theatre district of London UK, where he remembers sitting under the piano at family parties, listening to the likes of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth. At the age of three he started playing the harmonica. He then developed his singing voice and later took up the guitar.
After moving to Toronto as a teenager in the 60’s, Michael jumped into the Yorkville scene, playing at iconic clubs such as the Riverboat and Penny Farthing, opening for acts such as Dave Van Ronk and David Wiffen. He alternated between solo work and touring internationally (for over twenty years) with his band KatzKradle, which counted among its members Brent Titcomb, Jason Fowler and Steve Halloran. Venues included the Commodore in Vancouver, the Slaughterhouse in Aberfoyle and seminal folk festivals such as Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton’s Wild Rose and Ontario’s Blue Skies. He had the privilege of opening for Willie P. Bennett, the James Cotton Band and Doug Kershaw to name but a few. He also appeared live on Ronnie Hawkins’ radio show, and CBC’s Morningside with the unforgettable Peter Gzowski.
Michael released his first album, Quicksilver Dancer, in 1976. While supporting the album and opening for Murray McLaughlin, Michael was struck by the beauty of the Yukon and promptly moved there. He ran Faro’s Farrago Folk festival in 1981, and produced an album of highlights from the event, making it the first independent live recording ever done in the Yukon. Other successful collaborations followed, including a partnership with John Jackson.
Music took a back seat to various jobs including work in the Toronto film industry. Now relocated to Guelph, it is time to get back to music full time. Michael has just released a new CD, “Around Again” produced by legendary guitarist and Juno winning (for Willie P. Bennett’s “Heartstrings”) Tony Quarrington. His current band consists of Tony Quarrington and keyboardist Ed Roth, with support from fiddler Ken Cade and vocalist/pianist Laura Fernandez (host of CJRT’s Café Latino). Michael is available as a solo, duo, trio or quartet. Michael sings evocative relatable music, with a smooth textured voice that imparts the depth of a life long relationship with music.
Michael’s songbook encompasses folk, blues, swing, and jazz. He most recently played at Guelph’s Delhi Street Bistro www.delhistreetbistro.com