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See below for an abridged bio followed by a longer bio.
Based in Galloway, Scotland, Mike is a composer and classically trained guitarist, turned ukulele player. Since taking up the uke he has earned a prize at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland and gained national coverage in UKE Magazine. His music is characterised by intricate fingerpicking, varied techniques and contrasting styles, giving a contemporary take on the instrument. His influences come from classical guitar, world music and prog rock.
Based in Galloway, Scotland, Mike is a composer and classically trained guitarist, turned ukulele player. His music is characterised by intricate fingerpicking, varied techniques and contrasting styles, giving a contemporary take on the instrument. His influences come from classical guitar, world music and prog rock.
Mike’s musical background started with playing Classical Guitar, which by the time he finished school, he could play 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.
“Mike’s wonderful voice, original compositions, inventive arrangements and skilful playing make him one to watch. With a background as a classical guitarist he coaxes, with consummate ease, a wide range of musical colours out of just four strings” Stuart Butterworth, Creative Director, Ukulele Festival of Scotland
“Light relief after a hard day, wonderful music to do some serious relaxing to” Simon Taylor, Cool Cat Ukes
“Mike Haysom blew everyone away playing his own compositions to perfection - a highlight for me.” Peter Moss, International Ukulele Performer
“…deliciously enchanting music…exquisitely performed…Mike’s ukulele picking is mesmerizing.” Mike Flaherty, UKE Magazine (Issue 15)
“Mike’s gentle style and beautiful melodies were in complete contrast to the raucous trio of ovations he got at the thrilling conclusion to his fantastic set.” Matt Warnes, World of Ukes 2nd Birthday Party Gig