Passionate about introducing others to new music, Mike began writing about music when he founded Nuggets fanzine at university, going on to cover the Birmingham 70s scene for Melody Maker and Sounds. He spent 30 years writing about music as editor of What’s on in Birmingham as well as being columnist and reviewer for Brum Beat, for which he now writes online. He presented a stylistically diverse rock show on Beacon Radio for several years, interviewing the likes of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and REM.
Gravitating to contemporary folk and Americana, having spent 10 years writing for the Netrhythms website, he now contributes roots-related reviews to Fatea, Folking.com and FRUK. He worships at the altar of Bruce Springsteen, declares Crash by The Primitives as the best New Wave single ever and reckons the The Church’s The Unguarded Moment rivals The Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man for the greatest guitar intro of all time.