- Fri 13 Dec 2013, 9.30PM with Damien at Molly's
- Sat 14 Dec 2013, 5.00PM at Waxy's
- Sat 28 Dec 2013, 5.00PM at Waxy's
- Sat 11 Jan 2014, 5.00PM at Waxy's
- Sat 25 Jan 2014, 5.00PM at Waxy's
I've been playing live music in and around Glasgow since 2000.
I play in Waxy O'Connor's (West George St) every second Saturday early evening. I've been a regular at Waxy's for a while, playing every Thursday & Sunday night (and later just Thursdays) from 2002 until 2011, first as part of the Mock Turtlenecks and then as a solo act.
Once a month I stand on the balcony and look down over Committee Room 9 (John St), guitar in hand.
I play as a duo with (former Turtleneck) Damien Swail under the imaginative name of 'Damien & Michael' in Molly Malone's (Hope St).
I have also played regular slots over the years in O'Neill's (Sauchiehall St), O'Neill's (Merchant Sq), The Courtyard (West Nile St) and The Queens Park Café (Victoria Rd).
In 2008, I co-wrote and recorded a couple of albums with Maggie Devlin, as Yo Como. Give A Sunrise is still available for download from our site with proceeds going to Ripple Africa.
In 2001/2002, I played with Sarcassa, a six piece band fronted by Emma Joyce.
In 2000/2001, I hosted the weekly open mic session Unplugged in Queen Margaret Union, University of Glasgow with (former Turtleneck) Jerzy Kolodziej.
I'm also interested in sound engineering & production and try to record and produce regularly.
A few of my favorite artists are: Barenaked Ladies, The Beatles, Ben Folds Five, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Tommy Emmanuel, Fairport Convention, Jack Johnson, Tom McRae, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Shins, Simon & Garfunkel and Rufus Wainwright.
I've played an ecletic mix of songs over the years. You can have a look and see a selection of songs I currently play in my solo repertoire and take a look at my usual set list with Damien to get an idea of the type of songs we play as a duo.
A selection of demos and live recordings for your listening pleasure.
- Farewells Michael Johnston
- Hours And Days Michael Johnston
- Soul Creation Michael Johnston
- Unburdened Michael Johnston
- Want For Change Michael Johnston
- World Without Me Michael Johnston
- All I Got Newton Faulkner
- Better Together Jack Johnson
- Desperado Eagles
- Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
- I Want You Back Jackson 5
- It Must Be Love Labi Siffre
- Let It Be Beatles
- Piano Man Billy Joel
- Star Of The County Down Traditional
- Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles
- Anam Cara Yo Como
- As I Roved Out Traditional
- I Will Falter Mock Turtlenecks