Mike fell in love with the Classical Guitar on beginning high school, tutored by Gareth Rees-Roberts. By the time he finished school he could play the guitar up to about grade 7 and won the School Prize for Music for five years of outstanding work. At college Mike became more interested in the recording side of music and took Music Technology at A-Level.
Mike continued his focus on audio engineering and gained a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Music Technology. His compositional skills grew and gained top grades whilst also developing an interest in scoring films.
After graduation, Mike continued to work on his music collaborating with independent filmmakers on a number of film scores. He also performed Classical Guitar regularly at craft fairs and produced an album called The Cloud of Unknowing.
He discovered the ukulele after the breakup of a long term relationship - “the uplifting sound of the instrument and the embracing warmth of the ukulele community helped me out of a rut.” Since then, his music career has gone from strength to strength.
In 2018 Mike released his debut ukulele album ‘The Natural Place’, featuring instrumental music inspired by the Galloway countryside where he lives. He coincided the release of the album with a performance at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, where he won a prize in the Rising Stars Competition. He has since appeared in UKE Magazine, been played on the UnplugTheWood podcast and been featured on Ukulele Hunt.
Mike also has a very popular YouTube Channel featuring clever multitracked videos of himself (and his clones!) playing ukulele arrangements of cover songs, as well as his own solo compositions.
Having been brought up on Progressive Rock, that’s where a lot of inspiration for his own music comes from, particularly guitarists such as Steve Hackett, Dave Gilmour and Steve Rothery as well as Gordon Giltrap. Mike will listen to just about anything though and is always experimenting with new styles. He has a fondness for World and Classical Music too.