Mike is well respected as a Bluegrass, Celtic and classical mandolin player based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Opera. He founded the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra and is a life member and past president of the Classical Mandolin Society of America. He is a June Appal Grammy nominated recording artist for his work with the Buzzard Rock String Band on I’ve Got The Blues for My Kentucky Home and has served as a guest-artist for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts program. Mike’s original works have been included in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter Showcase.
Recently, Mike performed at the University of Louisville’s New Music Festival in the American Premiere of the Black Swan by Kurt Isaacson, 2009 winner of the Robert Abell Young Composition Contest for new chamber music. Mike’s work with the Bluegrass band Hog Operation is currently being broadcast across PBS stations as part of Kentucky Educational Television’s concert series Jubliee.
Currently Mike performs with the following groups: Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, visit www.lmo.org Hog Operation, bluegrass band, visit www.hogoperation.com Cloigheann, Celtic ensemble, visit www.cloigheann.com
Memberships: Classical Mandolin Society of America, life member and Past President American Federation of Musicians Kentucky Arts Council Performing Artist