Born in Salford in 1962, Mike took fifteen years to realise, that his father's
piano playing, his mother's singing, and his brother's guitar playing, might
just have genetically predisposed him towards a love of corduroy. Realising,
however, that careers in the King's cords were somewhat thin on the ground,
Mike turned his attention to the chords of Kings. In his case, Mike's royalty
comprised Wes, Joe, Pat, John, Larry, Tal et al.
After long months of solitary woodshedding, Mike launched himself upon the
Manchester scene with River People, a much loved fusion band comprising
Mike on his trusted, and even then, rusted 335 guitar; Paul Allen on fretless
bass; Tim Franks on drums, and the always astounding Paul Kilvington (a.k.a.
Bob Session) on keyboards.
Mike's playing drew the attention of Alan Butler, a vibraphone player of
considerable, and deserved repute, who in the 1980's had a long running
residency at the Malt Shovels, a well-known 'jazz' pub in Altrincham