Mike started playing accordion as a nine year old and had a part time job teaching accordion briefly in the late 1960s. A short time after, unable to see where his music was going, he dropped out of music for more than 2 decades.

He started playing again early in 1990 and in August 1990, gave his first public music performance at the annual Karratha Variety Concert in the Walkington Theatre as an inaugural member of the Sturt’s Pea Bush Band. That concert was also the band’s first public performance and at that concert the band played all the three songs they knew.

The band was formed by his old friend David Eassie with whom Mike then had the privilege of playing for several years. Although it wasn’t apparent at the time, David was a major influence in shaping the future direction of Mike’s music.

Mike built up a bush band repertoire with the Sturt’s Pea Bush Band until the band moved to Perth in 1994. He then became an inaugural member of a new bush band formed in Karratha in early 1994, the Wandering Pilbaries. He played with the Wandering Pilbaries for two years, and then moved to Perth and rejoined the Sturt’s Pea Bush Band, continuing playing with them until the band’s last appearance in April 2003.

Subsequently, Mike did several Bush Dances with band members, until 2009, and also wrote the music and lyrics for his two CDs. He currently enjoys busking at a number of locations. These include the Fremantle Markets since 2004 and Perth’s Hay Street Mall since 2017 in Western Australia, and at two bridge underpasses along the Thames Path in London, at Blackfriars Bridge and Southwark Bridge, since 2017.

 


 

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