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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." 
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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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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)

 

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Here are Walt Whitman and Pete Seeger.  Walt was born 200 years ago in 1819, and Pete was born 100 years ago in 1919--both in the merry month of May.  I like to think that Pete (along with his pal Woody) took Walt's ideas of freedom and put them right into their songs.  And then they took the songs out to the streets and the people. "I'd hammer out warning, I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out love" is just one thundering example of Pete sounding a little like Walt.  

Walt Whitman and Pete Seeger have had powerful influences in my work--and it wasn't until I missed Walt's birthday, that I realized the incredible serendipity of their being separated by exactly 100 years!  Our world is made better by art and music and poetry that reaches out to and in to our souls.  Pete and Walt certainly did that, especially for me. 

I have the privilege of presenting their works in my one man show, From Senegal To Seeger at the Trueblood Arts Center, Washington Island, WI on Aug 17 at 8pm.  For tickets click here.  

You probably have heard Pete's songs before, but you may have never heard Walt Whitman performed live.  Here's an excerpt from his work, "Song of the Open Road," that is featured in the show--followed by JS Bach on the banjo.  

Camerado, I give you my hand! 
I give you my love more precious than money, 
I give you myself before preaching or law; 
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me? 
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

 

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