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Michael is an ARIA award-winning musician. He is a writer, singer, guitarist, musical director & music educator. Michael has conducted workshops for teachers of The Learning Space Foundation & taught English through songs to tribal children in Maharashtra, India. He was the musical director of the prestigious Ethnic Business Awards in 2007 that was broadcast to 45 countries worldwide.

 

A disciple of the visionary surf guitar avatar Link Wray, Michael Turner is a starry eyed veteran of the Australian and international musical galaxy, having graced top line outfits across the globe since the 1980s.

 

Michael plays bass Dan Rumour and The Drift, the vehicle for Dan Rumour, founding member of The Cruel Sea. His trademark surf instrumentals created and defined the bands ARIA award winning sound and are a vital part of the Australian psyche scape. They recently contributed tracks to Delightful Rain, a celebration of Australian surf music, alongside such iconic bands as The Atlantics, Richard Clapton, Tamam Shud, Celibate Rifles, The Angry Tradesmen, Pigram Brothers and GANGgajang.

 

 As a devotee of humanitarian works, Michael has worked extensively in India, releasing a previous kid's record Peaceful Stars, Days & Dreams, a beautiful album recorded in Mumbai, India with under privileged rural children. He also co produced Kangaroo Club, an album by popular north coast children performer Mereki, an indigenous Kamilaroi woman, in 2001. In My Backyard released by Spikey & Friends is Michael's latest family album.

 

 But the band that started it all for Michael Turner was Wild Pumpkins At Midnight, who came soaring out of Tasmania on the back of the burgeoning green activists movement in the 1980s, conquered Melbourne's mercurial music scene and went on to play across Europe for a decade.

 

Michael playing at the Ethnic Business Awards 2007