ABOUT MICHAEL J TINKER
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Michael J Tinker is a multi-faceted musician.
He’s performed with folk artists such as Damien O’Kane, Bella Hardy, the Young ‘uns and Gilmore&Roberts.
Michael has recorded multiple folk and children’s albums and can currently be seen touring his Family Show around the UK and abroad.
A great lover of stories, Michael sits right at home within the folk world.
Delivered with “guitar-plucking [that] evokes the celestial qualities of a harp” (Sheffield Telegraph) and even solo voice, his songs will make you think, laugh and maybe even shed a tear.
Michael has always been involved in the performance of music, from Jazz to blues, folk to choral singing. More recently Michael has settled in the traditional folk world, growing from his passion for songs that tell good stories.
Michael has supported the likes of Bellowhead, Martin Simpson, Lucy Ward, Ewan McLennan and the Albion Band, has performed with BBC Folk Award nominee Katriona Gilmore and Damien O’Kane and worked with folk-legend Bill Leader on his 2012 album. This has undoubtedly shaped his present direction and choice of songs, veering increasingly towards the wealth of traditional songs from the British Isles and beyond. 2013-14 saw Michael perform around the country including dates in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Bradford and Sheffield. In 2013 he released a single with Damien O’Kane entitled ‘Shenandoah’ and a full album was released with his trio, Bright Season, in 2014.
2014 also saw the release of his major project ‘Songs for the Voiceless’ (4**** The Guardian, R2, The Telegraph, Maverick Magazine), which featured Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke, Gilmore&Roberts, the Young’uns, Ian Stephenson and Tom Oakes. Produced by Andy Bell. The album was toured in November 2014 and welcomed Jackie Oates to the band.
Michael has done extensive work in SEND Schools and Care Homes through Live Music Now, including a year long residency at a SEND school in Sheffield.
Since 2014 Michael has concentrated on his children’s work. He’s released 4 kids albums to date (‘The Rock Went a Rolling‘, ‘The Greatest Rescue Ever‘, ‘Michael and the Topsy Turvy Kingdom‘ and ‘Mission to Dendros‘). The latest album was accompanied by a 7-part audio drama in space, written by James Cary. Michael tours the shows throughout the year bringing the joy and excitement of the Bible story to families around the world.
Michael is a committed Christian and his faith plays a central role in his music making, even if the songs are not always explicitly about God. “We’re created to be creators” says Michael. “Every time we create – whether it’s a piece of music, a work of art, a landscaped garden or even a pie – we reflect the one who made us and what we were made for – that’s why it feels so good!”