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Mike Absalom

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Mike Absalom was born in Britain of Irish and Welsh parents, raised in England and Quebec and educated at Oxford University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

He spent many years as a folk singer and songwriter in England and on the Continent and returned to Canada in 1980 where he quickly established himself as a solo performer, singing and writing songs for the CBC and for school and concert programs throughout British Columbia.

In 1986 he formed the Vancouver Squid Jiggers, an East Coast/Irish fiddle band, in which he sings, plays Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar and button accordion.

In 1988 he joined Harps International as the Paraguayan harpist in a trio of Classical, Celtic and South American harpists and has since toured extensively with them in Canada, South America and the United States.

In 1989 he was awarded a Canada Council scholarship to study the Paraguayan harp in Asunción, Paraguay. He returns regularly to South America and studies with Papi Galan, Enrique Samaniego and Abel Sanchez Gimenez. He wrote a teach-yourself manual for the Paraguayan harp.

See this page for more info about Mike’s Harp career.

In 1996 he was a featured performer at the Sixth World Harp Congress held that year in the USA. The main thrust of his work is bringing arrangements of Irish jigs, reels and slow airs to the Celtic Harp. He also gives concerts of his own compositions and traditional Irish music for the harp, love songs, humorous poems and ditties and other works he has put together over the past 35 years as an entertainer.

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  • radioroberts

    just listening via link from John Peels record collection selections on thespace.org.......v much like, reminds me of roy harper,tull,loudon,ISB ,bonzos etc V chilled !

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • WhiteHare

    not bad at all

    9 Feb 2012 Reply

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