Mike has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years on and off stage, in front and behind the camera and in the studio and behind the mixer.
Music has been his number one passion in the arts. Michael has toured in eastern, central and western Canada. Notable bands included The Reaction, one of Canada’s earliest punk/metal bands formed in St. John’s from 78 – 81. The limited 45rpm release ON THE BEACH and THE KIDS ARRIVED is a prized item sought by collectors worldwide.
A double CD was released in 2005 featuring
new material and previously unreleased songs.
Recently the British Columbia label SUPREME ECHO released a 4-song vinyl EP featuring a cross section of The Reaction’s music timeline.
Michael was also the founding member of the St. John’s band NEON, releasing a 4-song vinyl EP in 1983 that is also sought after by collectors.
After almost 20 years away from Newfoundland, Michael played and worked with the award winning Regina blues band The Toasters, Ottawa bands The Sundogs and The Paul Fenton group.
Returning to St. John’s in early 2000s Michael reformed the prog rock band Hammingwell, releasing two CD’s over an 8-year period. Both of which were nominated for alternative CD of the year.
Michael has also dipped his toe in the traditional world playing with St. John’s band Dungarvan and solo artist Hugh Scott.
While Hammingwell is dormant, Michael is currently working on a release of solo material, writing new material and showcasing songs at a variety of open mics, all the while working as a TV producer.
Mike on Rogerstv
With the Reaction 1979
Hammingwell in the box
REACTION East End Rockers