Mike will be playing festivals and touring with Level 42 this year, starting in March at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival, in May the Retro Fest in Luzern, Switzerland, in June at Let’s Rock Bristol, with more festival dates to be confirmed shortly. Later in the year in October/November Level 42 will be playing the UK & Europe with the eagerly awaited Sirens Tour. “The Sirens EP has had so much fantastic feedback,” says Mike, “it will be great to play it as part of a full show, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Mike is currently on tour with the Thriller Live show, which has been wowing audiences all over the UK and now Europe with the music of Michael and the Jackson Five. “I love playing this show, its such a privilege as a musician to step into the musical world of Michael Jackson, and to be recreating the genius of Quincy Jones, playing an inspiring range of all-time classic songs, with a brilliant cast of singers and dancers”. The tour is set to continue into July.
….and to celebrate the end to a mostly wonderful year, I will be performing a special show at the 606 Club next Wednesday, 11th December with my friends Phil Gould, Yolanda Charles, and to fill the shoes of the absent Alex Hutchings, I will have not one, but two great guitarists, Paul Stacey and Sam Grimley.
We will be joined during the show by Sumudu Jayatilaka and Diana Winter as guest vocalists. So expect a heady mix of funk, soul, groove, gospel and xmas carols during what I promise will be a great night – book yourself a place here.
I look forward to seeing you x
Following the successes earlier this year at Ronnie Scott’s and at The 606 Club, Mike returns with his band of (very gifted) friends: Phil Gould (Drums), Yolanda Charles (Bass) and Alex Hutchings (Guitars). He will be playing 2 London dates, at Ronnie Scott’s on Sunday October 13th, and at The Pheasantry on Thursday October 17th. The third date is at The Music Room, Maidstone, on Friday October 18th.
He will be playing a mixture of solo material (from his One The One EP and Changes CD), some funky covers, and new material, including “Hiroshima“, fresh from its successful debut last month. Says Mike “I’ve been enjoying busy year so far (see below), so it’s great to be playing with Phil again, and Yolanda and Alex are such superb musicians, with them the show becomes a real occasion.”
This year Mike has been playing Festivals with Level 42, making regular appearances in town on Thriller Live and Let It Be. Coming up are Level 42′s Victorious Festival in Portsmouth next week, playing with Dominic Miller in Italy, and then again with Level 42′s two shows at London’s IndigO2 in September, followed by a Thriller Live Tour.
Photos by David Klein Photography
It’s gotta be FUNKY! After 3 fabulous shows supporting Billy Cobham at Ronnie Scotts in february, Mike returns to the 606 Club in Chelsea on Monday July 22nd, joined once more by Phil Gould on drums, Yolanda Charles on bass, and Alex Hutchings on guitar. He will be playing material from his On The One EP, from the Changes album, Some funky covers from some of his favourite artists, a dash of Level 42, and an exclusive premiere of a new song Mike & Phil have co-written based on a Cobham tune. To book call the 606 on 0207 352 5953. See you there! To get a flavour of the show check this: Funky Jam at rehearsals
Mike will be supporting legendary and pioneering drummer/composer Billy Cobham at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London for three nights, February 18th, 19th & 20th. He will be accompanied by an all star band of special guests, namely Alex Hutchings on guitar, Yolanda Charles on bass, and former Level 42 bandmate Phil Gould on drums. Says Mike: “I’m really looking forward to playing with these amazing musicians, and supporting a guy who has been such an inspiration and influence to myself, Phil, and many others. Our set will be short but groovy, and
I’m hoping to secure a headline spot in March at the legendary club”
Mike will be onstage at 7.30 playing a 45 minute set. Tickets available here: http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/book/1174-billy-cobham-band-andquottales-from-the-skeleton-coastandquot
£8.00 + p&p"On The One" is also available on iTunes.
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