Mike Norris is on The Wireless every Monday for 2 hours of Classic Folk.
Mike’s passion for folk music spans decades, from first learning to play the melodeon and singing shanties at school to running folk festivals and gigs in and around Suffolk.
As a teenager during the 60s, Mike was heavily influenced by protest song and folk-rock popularity (Bob Dylan, the Copper Family, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, etc.), as well as the tail end of the folk-song revival, shaped by The Watersons, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Woody Guthrie and many more.
Mike worked for 25 years in IT and then for various national charities before retiring in 2011. Although Mike didn't have a professional connection with the folk arts, he served as Chair of the nation folk arts organisation, the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Mike hosts 2 hours of Classic Folk on The Wireless, exploring a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music from the UK and abroad.
His programmes feature a rich variety of music, from rarely heard archive and field recordings to the latest releases from today’s finest performers.
Mike’s interesting fact: the hospital where Mike was born, in Portsmouth, grew out of the workhouse where George Gardiner collected more than 100 songs in the early 1900s.