Event Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Watch via the link below on the Hurst Festival YouTube channel. Link will become live moments before the event starts. REMEMBER ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
A 50 minute performance of well crafted songs that are poignant, thought-provoking and often hilarious. Mike sings and plays guitar while Reina adds her beautiful harmonies. A reviewer once said, 'Mike is a superb songwriter. His songs take witty and wonderful snapshots of the planet’s follies and absurdities – he’s a fine fingerpicking guitarist too.'
Mike has been writing and performing songs all his adult life. After teacher training college, he set forth on a career path that included delivering false teeth, writing reviews for Melody Maker and City Limits, cold-calling, teaching English and drama in an inner London secondary school and being a drama therapist on psychiatric wards.
He's released three critically acclaimed albums on the Irregular Records label: More To Be Revealed, A Long March Home and Acts of Love.
For the past 20 years Mike has been a music teacher for primary age and special needs children and is currently running after-school clubs in two schools in Brighton. As well as music for grown-ups, he's written lots of songs for children many of which can be found on the CDs, The Tommy Tomato Songbook, The Blewdle and Wobbly Tooth all available from
Reina, daughter of comedy actor Sid James, started her musical career when she was five playing the ukelele...then becoming a singer, songwriter and pianist in folk and rock bands in the 60s and 70s. After some years working as an actor and musician in theatre, television and voice-overs she changed tack and became a writer. Her first novel, This Time Of Dying won The Society Of Authors' McKitterick prize. She followed this with The Old Joke, both published by Portobello Books. She's just finished writing her latest novel and still loves to sing with Mike, contributing keyboards and vocal arrangements to his albums."
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