MICHAEL COGHLAN - Musical BIO
 

    born in Adelaide (1954)

    spent childhood in Adelaide and Port Lincoln

     has been writing songs since he was 20

     has played regularly in coffee bars, hotels, restaurants and folk clubs in      Adelaide overseas since 1977; mostly as a soloist

    spent a year busking and playing music for a living in Europe and Israel

    played regularly at Ginger's Coffee Shop in North Adelaide for years, and as a member of SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association) is one of many people who play original music at the Office in Pirie  St, City on Wednesday nights

    appeared at the 1991 National Folk Festival as part of the group Changing Hats, and as a soloist at the 1991, '92, and '93 Goolwa Folk Festivals

    judge at Goolwa Songwriting Event 1993; Festival of Original Music (FOOM) 1999
 
    describes his music as 'contemporary acoustic' (a blend of folk, pop,        rock and country); plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica, keyboard and percussion

    musical influences: Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull), Van    Morrison, Leo Kottke, Bruce Springsteen, Vin Garbutt, my brother Shaun, life   and travelling

    completed a cassette of original songs in 1991 entitled 'Leave Me On the Beach' (Independent) (available from SCALA; tel: 84314063)

    a featured artist as part of the SA writers and songwriters exhibition at the State Library 1992; (sponsored by Dept Arts and Cultural Heritage)

    a member of the recently disbanded group Dark Island, with Sean Mangan, Kate Battersby, and George Will

    regular contributor to the music section of the now defunct Adelaide Ray

     presenter for radio COAST FM - SCALA ON COAST (Sundays 12 - 2pm)