Hat Trick specialised in eclectic versions of classical and folk pieces, and this music has played a major role in the development of Michael's own musical style. The years 1991-95 saw Michael working with award-winning singer/songwriter Graeme Connors, touring Australia several times as lead guitarist with Connors' Prodigal Sons band. Michael also found time to produce two independent solo albums, Tantalise and Fingerpaintings, and to build up a strong and rapidly growing following for his work with a succession of solo shows. His next album, The Heart Has Reasons, established Michael's distinctive, evocative style, which has emerged once again in his latest release, Web of Dreams. On Web of Dreams, this remarkable composer and guitarist has taken his ability to evoke compelling emotional and sensual experiences to a new level. Something's Cooking (2005) is Michael's seventh album, and the one he believes is most representative of his music. It is relatively laid-back and acoustic, with the focus on solo guitar, although other instruments have been selectively brought in to add to the feeling of some tracks. In 1999, Michael was recognised by the CMAA with his first Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitar, for the catchy "Mr Wonglepong". He went on to win the award the following year with "Walkin' the Walk", and took it out again in 2003 with "Mulga Dan", joining Keith Urban with the highest-ever tally of Instrumental Golden Guitars. Michael performs regularly at music festivals around the country and overseas. His distinctive, eclectic and accessible style make him a popular performer at everything from guitar festivals to jazz and blues festivals, folk festivals and country music events. He's also toured with artists like Albert Lee, Christine Anu and Anne Murray, as well as appearing with the world's greatest guitarists - including Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor - at festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. On Australia Day 1997, Michael opened the Gift to a Nation concert, performing Classical Gas with Tommy Tycho's orchestra.
This event was filmed before 150,000 people and telecast live across the nation on the Seven Network. Michael regularly presents guitar workshops to aspiring guitarists captivated by both his expertise on the guitar and his original music. In 1997 he released a video, No Secrets!, demonstrating his style and offering tips to other guitarists. Michael believes strongly that his music is a gift which should be shared. Over the years, he has taken the chance to use his music to assist others. In 1995, he penned "Bush Bash" to raise funds for the Variety Club of Australia.
The song was used as part of the Variety Club's annual car rally. In 2002, following the death of legendary country guitarist Barry Thornton, Michael recorded Remembering Barry Thornton, a fundraising EP to assist Barry's family. He also penned a single in memory of Barry, "Mulga Dan". The song went on to win Michael his third Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitar, as well as taking out the 2003 Victorian Country Music Award in the Instrumental category. Recognition of Michael's extraordinary talents on the guitar has led to major ongoing sponsorship deals with Maton Guitars and D'Addario Strings, as well as AER amplification. For more information on Michael Fix and Web of Dreams, or to arrange an interview, please contact Fret Music at firstname.lastname@example.org Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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