Mike 'Dr Blue' (he/him)

Musical Director

Mike 'Dr Blue' is a musician, poet, singer-songwriter and Musical Director.

 

Now based in Wellington, originally from the UK, Mike has been singing and playing since his father put a guitar in his hands at the age of 4. It's been a long and varied road. From joining his classmates to record an album with The Spinners at EMI studios in Hyde Park in the 60's, to playing guitar with a folk group in the 70's, to setting up a country and rock duo in the 80's, with Dave 'Guitar' Piggott with whom he eventually formed a band, 'Dr Blue & The Prescription’. The band spent 10 years together, playing a variety of venues, including a residency at the iconic 'Ain't nothing But...' in London's West End and touring a variety of festivals in the UK and Ireland.

 

In 2010, Mike wrote his first solo album, 'Heaven Bound'. Featuring all original songs, the album was written together with Sameena Zehra, over a summer spent in Kashmir (India) with the sound of birdsong and gunfire all around. The album was released at Arch 1, London in 2011, and for the next couple of years, Mike toured it in the UK and Australia.

 

Mike has also been the Musical Director on a number of projects, including The Poetry Army, composing and performing the music that backs the polemic poetry of Heathcote Williams.