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 completely 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.

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.

Mike now only does occasional Bush Dances with ex band members, and otherwise enjoys playing at one of his favourite playing spots, the Fremantle Markets, and writing his own music.

 


 

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