Mike, who lives in southern Quebec, was born in 1965 in Newport, Vt., into a musical family with an English mother and a French-Canadian father, Mike Goudreau picked up his first guitar at age 14 and hasn't stopped playing since. His early influences included the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and later Stevie Ray Vaughan and Powder Blues–to name a few. Such diverse interests help to explain why Mike is comfortable in so many musical genres, especially jazz and blues.
A prolific songwriter, since 2007 Mike’s songs have been heard on hundreds of network TV shows ranging from “NCIS Los Angeles” (CBS) to the TV movie “North Pole” (Hallmark Channel). Mike’s original song “Look For The Sunshine” was featured in the Hollywood film “West End” and another of his compositions was used in the TV movie “Bonnie & Clyde” on HBO.
Over the past two decades, Mike has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz and blues festivals in Canada, including 10 times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and nine times at the Tremblant International Festival de Blues, as well as the Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival, Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Saint John Jazz Festival and the list goes on.
Mike is now expanding his audience appeal by bringing his show to the United States. “We’re delighted to be at the forefront of Mike’s expansion on this side of the border,” said the GNWCA’s Jordan. “When he needed top-flight performers to accompany him here, we were quick to suggest Rick Erwin on drums and Bob Purington on bass guitar. The Colebrook concert will mark their first appearance together.”
This GNWCA at the Country Club Concert Series show gets underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door.
For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 237-9302 or 246-8998.