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Existential Banjo

ENJOY EVERY EPISODE!

Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka


Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
Dokunmak
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

Two New Hal Leonard books

BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO

 

FIRST 50 SONGS
To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)

 

About Michael J. Miles

 

 A TRUE STORY....

When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever heard...it is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”
 

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.

 

 

 

 

Ireland & England

"Michael J. Miles is one of the most remarkable banjoists now playing"

    - Richard Hawkins, Bluegrass Ireland Blog

 

In September 2012, Michael toured through Northern Ireland, Ireland and England.  This tour marked the international debut of "From Senegal to Seeger:  Stories of the American Banjo" in three new countries.  Below are some photos from the trip.   

 

This sign was posted outside the hotel where the Johnny Keenan Festival was held.   Inside there was magical music to be heard throughout the hotel. 

 

 

This is Suzy Bogguss who joined MIchael to sing harmony on version of Dylan's "I Shall Be Released."   This was a special trio that also featured the phenomenal banjoist, Gerry O'Connor.  

 

 

Here's an Irish School assembly where Michael played, 

 

 

Here are some dancers from that same Irish School. 



 

The Sage in Gateshead, England is an amazing art center across the River Tyne from Newcastle.   This place presented the UK debut of "From Senegal to Seeger." 

 

 

An English doorway, circa 1705, Newcastle.  

 


 

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERS, 2012

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland

September 19

 

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, Tullamore, Ireland

September 22

 

The Sage, Gateshead, England

September 26


There were several signs on the streets of Tullamore, Ireland with this delightful message.   

 

This is one shot of the finale where everyone joined in including members of Blue Highway, George Harper, Gin Mellon Opry,  Barcelona Bluegrass Band, Suzy Boggus, & Gerry O'Connor.  

 


 Here's Gerry O'Connor, now touring with the Dubliners joining Michael in the pub after their concert together.  

 The Ulster American Folk Park, which presented "From Senegal to Seeger" is devoted the telling the story of emigration from Ireland to America. 

 

Here is one of the streets of the Ulster American Folk Park---an art center, a museum, a research center, and the site of many great musical performances. 



Two banjos waiting for a train.  

 

The view out the train window in England.