Artists Bio: Michael Morrison
Scotsman born in Sri Lanka. In my early life I lived in Cyprus, Aden, Africa and England which gave me my world music influence. Hank Marvin from the ‘Shadows’ was my first major influence. First live music influence was John Mayalls ‘Blues Breakers’, Peter Greens ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and all traditional American Blues bands. I was lucky enough to be in England in the 60’s and was influenced by all the great bands of this time. I saw all the 60’s super groups live like the Stones, Floyd, Yes, Jimmy etc, at English Jazz and Blues Rock festivals. My music career began when I started my own band at 14yrs old.
I arrived in Australia in 1970 and played in various cover bands. Then in the 80’s I played with ‘Bambu’ with Ross Hanaford. Another line up was with Randy from ‘Jah Roots’. Then I played with ‘The Nicest People’ and was a support band for ‘INXS’, ‘Men at Work’ and other 80’s Australian big bands. ‘Bambu’ and ‘Nicest People’ were Reggae, Afro, Ska (ahead of our time). The next band I played in was ‘The Agents’ with Roger Treble from ‘Bobby and Laurie’ and Alison Durban and Mick Holden from ‘The Mixtures’ and ‘Billy T’ (Riding Along on a Push Bike).
In 2000 I moved to the Byron Bay area and formed a band called ‘Alpha Beat’ with Sarah Buchanan, Andy Cox, James Cox and Mick Dick, another Afro Reggae band. I also played in various local bands. In the last few years I have recorded three albums.
I dedicate these albums to Prem Rawat who has inspired my music.