Mike was born and raised in Madison, WI into a musical, Irish family - four sisters, two brothers.
While attending Emerson Elementary school, Mike auditioned and was selected to sing with
“The Madison Boys Choir” under the direction of Leroy Klose, Director of Music, Madison
Public Schools. Mike started playing guitar around age 10.
Growing up, Mike and his dad Jim, who was a well known musician in the Madison area during the
1940s and 50s would often play music together during family gatherings... dad on guitar and violin
and Mike on guitar. Through those sessions, Mike learned to play different genres of music.
As he grew older, Mike became more interested in the rock & roll scene.
Throughout high school and college Mike was lead guitarist and singer with “The Calientys”, a
popular Madison WI based rock & roll group who played extensively in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan,
sharing the stage with popular 1960s groups such as The Association and The Bobby Fuller Four band.
Mike also played with other bands as the years passed.
But as those years passed, Mike kept thinking about those jam sessions with dad. It seems that
father knew best! Those sessions made Mike more than a one dimensional musician. He loves
playing a variety of music now, from 1940s jazz standards, country, swing, folk, Irish and blues.
Mike’s recently released CD “Blues, Swings & Other Things” features an “All-Star Cast
of musician friends”. Twenty nine musicians joined Mike on this four year project such as
jazz violinist Randy Sabien, mandolin virtuoso Chris Powers, piano master Ron Linzell and
other top-notch musicians.
Mike, who retired from the corporate world as a graphic designer, keeps busy playing solo gigs at
local clubs, wine bars, senior living facilities and private parties.
And yes, Mike still plays rock & roll. For over 25 years, he has played with the Madison WI based
five piece band “Moondance”, www.moondancerock.com. Moondance performs about 10-12 gigs
a year for corporate parties, weddings, special events and local clubs.
Mike thinks he has the best of most musical worlds!