Tunes, Songs, Stories, Teaching, Research
delicate as cut-lace work"
beautiful as well water"
"A bonny fiddle
“Balm for the soul”
and "Something in the soul"
| “He has the conyach” |
|“Aye, ye have the mysie” |
|“An excellent storyteller,” and “Tell them for me” |
Taffy Thomas MBE, first storytelling laureate
- Soloist: Mike is a
prizewinning competition fiddle player, with a
stimulating style & refreshing lightness of
touch. He is a master of the concertina. His tunes are in print in
- Duo: Mike regularly works with harper & viol player Barbara Griggs, a magical combination of talents & instruments.
- Stories: Mike tells
spell-binding stories, many with musical accompaniment, for both adult & schools
audiences. His tales vary from 5 minute fireside
tales to epics such as Return to Lyonesse, Tristan & Iseult, Imravoe, the Tales of the
Holy Rood, & Loki. He
is one of the few in the land capable of delivering such epic tales and
sagas. He is the author of the best selling 'Cornish Folk Tales'
published by History Press. In 2013, with Barbara Griggs he won a
British Award for Storytelling Excellence for 'Return to Lyonesse'.
- Songs: Mike's vivid songs have been
recorded & sung by artists such as Martyn
Wyndham-Read, Johnny Collins, Kathy Wallis, Mike
Nicholson, Sarah Morgan & many more. Mike
produced & directed the iconic folk operas
'The Cry of Tin', 'Unsung Heroes' & 'Cornish Lads'.
- Workshops: Mike is a friendly, approachable & very experienced workshop leader, used to working
with adults & children in
festival, educational & community work.
- Accompanist: Over the years Mike
has gained a reputation as a sensitive & responsive accompanist for Sarah Morgan,
Johnny Collins, the Dunns, Jake Walton, Anne
Lister & Martyn Wyndham-Read.
- Research: Mike is the leading
researcher of Cornish instrumental music. He has studied at the Institute of Cornish
Studies, Exeter University & writes for learned journals & popular
magazines on subjects relating to folklore. Mike is honoured to have been awarded the
OBE & has been made a bard of the Gorseth of Cornwall.* In 2009 he was
awarded the Henwood medal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
- Performance History: Mike has worked as a musician
since the 1970s & a story teller since the 1990s. He has worked in
arts centres, at festivals, in schools, community halls & private
venues. He has worked for English Heritage, and the National Trust and has been a resident storyteller for the Forestry
Commission & has made many recordings & radio
broadcasts. His recent gigs are listed on this site.