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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept secret...one of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
- Midwest Record

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10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 

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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)

 

CD's On Sale

 

 

 

My 25 year correspondence with Pete is both shown and told on the PBS program Chicago Tonight on WTTW in Chicago.  Click the link below for the full program which includes vintage footage of Pete as well the story of how it all came about.  

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/07/30/pete-seegers-letters

MM & McEuen

Here are my musical heroes with whom I've had the pleasure of working with over the past few months.   Top row is John McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band smiling with me and then playing my 107 year old banjo.  We had a little time before his performance in Milwaukee.   Next to him, I'm with Tony Trischka up at the Midwest Banjo camp.  Brilliant musician and banjo pioneer.  

In the second row is my choir, the Passages World Music Choir who are kids from my neighborhood in Chicago.   And the lower right hand corner picture is Darol Anger, violinist extraordinaire who was the first violinist in the David Grisman Quintet with Tony Rice and Mike Marshall.   These days he's at the Berklee College of Music.   We did a Creativity Workshop in Sedona AZ.  

 

  

Friday, March 28, there was a Tribute to Pete Seeger at SPACE in Evanston.  It was a beautiful night featuring all these fine musicians.   I had the grand opportunity to tell a few stories, sing with Sue Demel and Deborah Lader of the Sons of the Never Wrong.   Fred Simon was playing piano with us as well.  At the end the evening there was a grand finale of How Can I Keep From Singing and If I Had A Hammer.  These fine photos were all taken by my friend Chuck Osgood.  Pete Seeger touched the entire world. 

President Jimmy Carter was in my Chicago neighborhood, signing his new and powerful book, "A Call To Action."   It is about the mistreatment of women, often in the name of religion, across the entire world.   

I had a five second conversation with him that went like this:

"Mr President," I said, "the last time we were in the same room was 1975 when you were a candidate."

He looked up and smiled and said, "And we both looked much younger then, didn't we."

The world is a much better place with Jimmy Carter in it.  

Mayor Daley playing banjo  

Here's Mayor Richard M. Daley playing my Stelling banjo, while former Old Town School board president Fred Lieber watches in wonder.  Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago gave the Hild Public Library (a 60,000 square foot building which had been closed for years) to the Old Town School for $1.  I always felt that this was one of the greatest endorsements ever of the work we did there.  Jim Hirsch was the ED at time who led the organization then.  These pictures are from 1996, but just today did I find them thanks to my friend Mary Peterson.

 


Click here to read or hear the recent interview on NPR with Michael Miles and harmonica legend Corky Siegel.   Over the past few years Michael has been collaborating on regular basis with Corky and his amazing Chamber Blues String Quartet---as well as Frank Donaldson playing East Indian tabla, and when possible the Sons of the Never Wrong.  

 

This is my newest book, just released by Hal Leonard and available through Elderly Instruments at this link:  http://elderly.com/books/items/49-701919.htm.   It is a collection of 40 folk classic folk songs including hits like John Henry, Down By The Riverside, Kumbaya, Wabash Cannonball, Freight Train.  Forty songs for $15, so it's almost like 3 songs for a dollar!   Very proud of this work, and delighted to be working with Hal Leonard.  

Like many of you, I grieve the loss of Phil Everly.   I wrote out a fingerstyle guitar version of their beautiful song, All I Have To Do Is Dream written by Felice and Bordelaux Bryant.  I'd just like to share a fingerstyle guitar window into this beautiful song.  As I like to say to my students, we musicians are the sum of what we have heard.   By that measure, anyone who listened to the Everly Brothers was made richer by the experience.   Pass it on.  

All_I_Have_To_Do_Is_Dream.pdf

I'm quite excited to be joining my friend and musical legend, Tom Paxton on Saturday, November 30 at the Old Town School.  I'll be opening the show, and then singing playing with him throughout his concert.   This video is from a concert we did together earlier this year at Space in Evanston.   If you don't know his name, you may well know his works including classic songs like Last Thing On My MInd, Ramblin Boy, Bottle of Wine, Marvelous Toy. The list goes on and on.   He is an American treasure.  Here's a video of our performance together earlier this year.  

 

 

Michael Miles and Shana Harvey are two professional musicians who took it on themselves to volunteer and create a choir at the public school in their Chicago neighborhood. This school was silent, with no music program. In this video, you'll hear both the musical results as well as the children's opinions about why this matters. While this is not the answer to a public school system that does not properly fund the arts, it is a working model of how one school went from silence to singing.

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