Folks, I seem to recall seeing a video of Mike Mumford jamming at someone's home - some pretty darned hot pickin'. I think maybe Michael Cleveland also was in the group. I'd like to send this along to a friend, but now can't find the darned thing. I wonder, does anyone remember this video/know what I'm talking about/have it bookmarked?
Well, you play very well too, John. But actually, what I was trying to show my friend is Michael Cleveland - and this vid gives me a chance to expose him to some fine pickin', as well. It's all good, all the way around. For what it's worth, I've been playin' for a long time, but there's no way in hell I'd try to sit in with a bunch of guys at your skill level. Impressive.
Also, for what it's worth, managed to score two tix to the MC/Flamekeeper concert here in Lost Angeles in September. Stoked!
Mike spells his name Munford. Yes, he is amazing and can rise to any occasion - he can hang with the best.
Even more noteworthy is the fact that Mike's picking is never about Mike, but rather what can he bring to the music being played at the moment that will help make it more than the sum of its parts, and support the other musicians in the best possible way. We've been close friends for almost forty years and I can honestly say that I've never known another picker with Michael's extraordinary ability to fit his playing precisely to the group he is working with in such a way that they feel like a million bucks regardless of their level of experience.
There is, to date, no Michael Munford solo album because that's not what Mike is all about.
Don't pass up an opportunity to experience him live; you won't regret it.
Amen, Frank. You summed it up perfectly. Mike always raises the level of the group rather than trying to stand out, even when jamming. He has mastered so many approaches (rather than "styles") and incorporated them into his own that can adapt to any group, song or arrangement. Limitless talent and a terrific person too.
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen is an outstanding group, to say the least. Not only outstanding musicians but their vocals are top notch. Frank has a nice vocal presence and delivery of lyrics. I'd have to put them right up there with the best of them. Mike's banjo work on the latest cd is fantastic. He can go from Scruggs style into melodic and triplets like nobody else.
Yeah, really very sorry about my Mumford/Munford misspelling mistake. By the time I realized what I'd done, my 15 minutes was up - my mistake, totally, but it's kind of an illustration of what a sensationally dumb rule that our host has imposed here, giving us just 15 minutes to fix something we've botched. Again, yeah, I shouldn't have botched it. But it would have been nice to have the freedom to fix it in the original post. Quite repressive.
I was fortunate enough to take some lessons from Mike while living in Frederick MD back in the early 2000's. The thing I found with Mike's playing is how tasteful he is. Without sounding "corny" Mike plays alot of the "pretty" notes that usually don't get played leading to a really nice back up or break. And you are all correct, Mike can hang with the best. He is an incredible banjo picker all the way around. Jim Mulford