MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER - pub entertainer - troubadour
A talented and versatile performer with over
20 years' experience as a
professional entertainer, his dynamic tenor voice is capable
of a wide range of styles from the melodious pop of Cat Stevens
or the Beatles to the powerful rock of Bryan Adams or Creedence
With a repertoire of over 500 songs spanning
five decades and the ability to maintain an audience's attention,
Michael is a troubadour who will
always deliver top entertainment.
Michael grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, home to Frank Sinatra
and Bruce Springsteen. He began his own musical career at 18
when he joined the US Navy and spent four years as a vocalist
in the Navy Band.
This gave him the opportunity both to travel
and to explore diverse musical styles, singing with a big band
jazz group, a rock & funk
band and a country band. He won an award for best vocalist
two years running, and appeared on a TV variety show in Rome
while stationed in Italy.
On leaving the Navy, Michael moved to New England where he
performed as a solo artist in pubs and bars and developed his
He also spent time working in New York City
where he became intrigued by the Subway and the opportunity it
gave him to perform to "ordinary
He was spotted by a journalist, Susie J. Tannenbaum, who has
since published a book on Subway musicians.
She writes: "Michael
Christopher is one of the few solo musicians I know who draws
a crowd in the Subway. He has 'circle-gathering' skills or what
Michael himself calls a 'carny' attitude.....One woman went over
and asked Michael to play 'Sounds of Silence'. When he did, she
started to cry.
'He brought back the Sixties'
(Susie J. Tannenbaum, Underground Harmonies,
New York: Cornell UP, 1995)
In the mid-eighties Michael moved to Paris and quickly became
a sought-after troubadour in the city's many Irish pubs, most
notably the Galway, where he is loved by locals and tourists
alike for his remarkable voice, vast repertoire and dry humour.
In recent years Michael's venues have included some of Scandinavia's
more popular establishments including The Promenade Restaurant
in Copenhagen's world famous Tivoli Amusement Park and the
prestigious Baron and Baroness, as well as numerous performances
in Oslo's famed Scotsman Pub and the Rohrburra, located in
Oslo's exclusive dockside area, the "Akyr
(Not to be outdone by the spirit of adventure of the old European
troubadours, Michael traveled to the northern Norwegian towns
of Vardo and Vadso, inside the Artic Circle! "The people
were fantastic, he relates, But what can I say ? It was cold!)
His most recent work has been two successful tours on the
Viking Cruise line ships, Rosella and Isabella. Said one Cruise
Director, It's amazing what he can do with just his voice and
guitar, without all the midi machines ! (Michael calls them
the "Invisible Un-paid Bands.")
moves between Europe and the U.S., captivating audiences on
both sides of the Atlantic. He is able to tailor his performance
to fit any venue, whether that means supplying mellow background
music for restaurants, or upbeat rock and roll to have pub
audiences dancing on the tables.