Full Name : Michael George Millad
Born : 31st October 1970
Umnarried (But highly available to suitable female
- Trumpet and most brass instruments except trombone
and french horn.
- Classical Guitar.
- Acoustic Guitar.
- Electric Guitar.
Musical Background :
- Born in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
- Attended Fort Beaufort High School from 1977 to
- Attended Kingswood College, Grahamstown from 1983
- Attended Rhodes University, Grahamstown (Geology
and Computer Science) from 1989 to 1993.
"Gigs" & Bands :
- Father is an experienced musician - played with
various bands throughout his life from early 1950's to present.
(piano, keyboards and saxaphone.)
When 9 years old (1979) learnt to play trumpet - member of Fort
Beaufort Brass and Woodwind Band for several years. Moved to
boarding school (Kingswood College) and joined the famous Kingswood
College Brass Band as lead trumpeter - stayed there until finished
school in 1988. In this time, played all around the country at many
festivals, celebrations, etc.
In 1988, started getting bored with the trumpet and decided guitar
was the 'thing'. Started playing and teaching myself.
From 1989 to end 1990 took lessons with guitar music student, James
Ribbans, who has since co-performed with Tony Cox. Learnt accoustic
fingerpicking-style of playing from James.
From 1991 to 1993 took serious classical lessons with the Rhodes
University guitar teacher, Warwick Armstrong.Among other things,
concentrated on Baroque and classical jazz pieces for solo guitar.
- Started doing live gigs in the Eastern Cape area at
end of 1989 as rythmn guitarist.
From about end-1990 to end-1993, stepped up frequency of gigs, often
playing 2 or three times a week. (during festive season, sometimes 5
nights per week.) ALso changed roles to become exclusively a lead
guitarist and backing vocalist. Several bands during this time
because of people leaving Varsity, etc....
In 1993 also did a series of live gigs at the Settler's Motel in
Grahamstown, featuring myself on lead vocals and solo accoustic
guitar with Gregg Jacob on guitar and bass guitar (no other backing
at all.) Something a bit different for the Grahamstown music fans
and a lot more challenging for us.
Since 1994 have been running around the bush looking for diamonds
(and actually finding some from time to time). Have, however, kept
up the guitar palying wherever I have gone.
- "BedRock Bootleg" (2000) with
- "Recovery" (2001) with
All Music Produced by
"Criminal Records" at
"Dining Room Studios"
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