Mike Wilson was born 1975 in Manchester, England. Mike was raised on a musical diet rooted firmly in the Irish tradition, listening to the Chieftains, the Furey Brothers, Planxty and De Dannan, amongst many others. Since he bought his first CD in 1992 (Mary Black, The Collection) he has embarked on a musical journey taking in American country, bluegrass and folk, further explorations into both traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish music, and of course the folk music of his native England. It was inevitable that music would always play such an important role in Mike's life, and recent ventures into review writing will allow him to engage further with this passion.

Mike was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, gaining an honours degree in economics back in 1999, and has since remained in North Wales where he now works in planning at the university.

Catch up with Mike via his page on myspace.

Reviews by Mike include:

Dierks Bentley
Modern Day Drifter

Sam Bush
Laps in Seven

Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
Straws in the Wind


Rodney Crowell
The Outsider

Sandy Denny
Like an Old Fashioned Waltz
The North Star Grassman & the Ravens

Radney Foster
This World We Live In

Thea Gilmore
Loft Music

Kevin Gordon
O Come Look at the Burning

Robert Harbron & Emma Reid
New Dogs, Old Tricks

Christie Hennessy
Stories for Sale

Naama Hillman
Living Room

Delyth Jenkins

Brianna Lane

Eileen Laverty
Ground Beneath My Feet


David Ross Macdonald
Knuckled Brass & Bone

Willie Nelson

Nickel Creek
Reasons Why (The Very Best)

Judith Owen

Bonnie Rideout
A Scottish Fiddle Collection


Peggy Seeger
Three Score & Ten

Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley
Last Night's Fun

Martin Simpson
Kind Letters

Emily Smith
A Different Life

Garrison Starr
The Sound of You & Me

Chris Thile
How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

Tres Chicas
Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl

The Unusual Suspects
Live in Scotland

Tim Van Eyken
Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves

various artists
The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Vol. 1
The Independence Suite: Traditional Music from Ireland, Scotland & Cape Breton

Sean Watkins
Blinders On

Gavin Whelan
Another Time

Without Gravity

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Live at the Filmore East

Frances Black