Saturday Jan 11 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon
Michael Simon's connection to music was strong from an early age. His biggest influences are John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young. He's influenced by many other musicians as well, from a variety of genres, including classical, folk and blues, but the most important addition since discovering his music and story is Woody Guthrie. Mike's own songs are in this proud tradition: that of raising awareness about current political, environmental and social issues.
He's played coffee houses, festivals and shows in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Alberta, Manitoba, B.C. and Saskatchewan, both as a solo singer-songwriter and as the lead singer in groups.
Ever since James Diakuw discovered he has hands, he has been making music with them. Sometimes he plays guitars or pianos or cajons. Sometimes he plays saxophones or vibraslaps or clarinets. Sometimes when he plays clarinets he calls them "Licorice Sticks" because that's what a nice old man from Prince Albert called them. Often he claps his hands along with other musicians and, almost always, afterwards in appreciation. He hopes to travel the world and play every kind of instrument before his hands stop working. And maybe some day, long from now, someone will call him a "nice old man from Prince Albert" and he'll teach them to call a clarinet a licorice stick. He also plays in the Whiskey Jerks.