Mike Tremblay.net

My Music.
September 5, 2009 at Thumbfest

What's Happening Now...
December, 2020:
          Well, in spite of the pandemic I managed to do five shows this year SAFELY. That does not sound like much, but it was more than I thought I was going to be able to do. Hopefully next year will be better. 

August 10, 2020:
          We have now done 3 shows in Port Sanilac, outside and they were all VERY successful. Everyone cooperated and FULL precautions were in place and followed by everyone. It was GREAT to play again and see everyone come together safely to enjoy the music! You can see a few videos and pictures HERE

June 7, 2020:
          Well, over 2 months now and no live music, but, on the plus side, a lot of home projects have been completed. Plus, I have written a lot. I am happy (I think) to be able to say I am going to do my first gig since this began on June 20th in Port Sanilac. We will see how it goes. I am going to stay safe, but look forward to playing for someone besides Me, my Wife and our dogs.   

March 20, 2020:

          Currently I am, of course, not playing anywhere in public because of the pandemic and all of my performances have been cancelled.
          I had just finished recording my first “Solo” CD called “Life's Short Song” and I had scheduled a friend to come in to record a couple of bass and fiddle tracks when the Coronavirus hit the world. Thus, it is on hold until I don't know when.
Full details on what it will "hopefully" be can be found here:
Mike Tremblay - "Life's Short Song"


Upcoming Performances
         Hurray! I have shows booked this year! The dates are of course subject to change if something goes south with this pandemic. All of these are outside performances with safety guidline being followed. Let's hope they happen.

April 24th, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

May 21st, 2021 - "Give Where You Live", Sandusky, Michigan. A fund raising event for Sanilac County non-profit organizations. Website
with Barry Shigelone on Bass & Dennis Hanselman on Percussion

May 22nd, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan
with Barry Shigelone on Bass & Dennis Hanselman on Percussion

June 5th, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

June 19th, 2021 - "60's Fest", Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo" - Tribute to Leonard Cohen

July 24th, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

August 14th, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

August 28th, 2021 - "Play on the Porch" day, Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

September 18th, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

October 2nd, 2021 - Sanilac Historical Museum, Port Sanilac, Michigan.
"Solo"

2022

June 25th, 2022 - "Port Austin PorchFest", Port Austin, Michigan.
"Solo"


Lexington - 2001

          
You can see past shows, most setlists, some pictures and a few videos HERE. 

About My Music
          I consider myself a songwriter/singer. I play original songs along with cover songs by such people as John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and many others of that style. I play acoustic instrumentation featuring Guitar, Plectrum & Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica and percussion. I've performed throughout Michigan's "thumb area" along with performances at some festivals and venues thoughout the state of Michigan. In addition to my solo performances, I am a member of the eclectic folk group "Thumb Folks" and a member of the new folk trio called "Tremblay-Evans".
          I started playing guitar when I was 16 and started writing songs. I joined several "garage" bands until finally joining a band called "The Sirens" at 19. They played around the metro Detroit and Ontario area and put out one album of original songs. I left the band when I was 22 to start a duo called "Us" which performed my original songs and songs in the folk and country tradition. "Us" put out one tape of my original songs in 1983 and broke up in 1984. I then continued playing and writing original material while getting married, having kids and settling into a "real" job. As mydaughters got older I picked up my guitar and started preparing for playing seriously in public again. In December, 2001, I played in public for the first time in almost 20 years at a coffeehouse in Lexington, Michigan. It was, in fact, my first ever performance "solo" with an acoustic guitar. I have been playing regularly since then.
          I feature original songs as much as possible, but do cover songs by other singer/songwriters I like. Whether playing my own songs or, other peoples songs, the common thread in all of them is they are songs with meaning. For an idea of the songs I've played, go to SETLISTS


Thumb Folks 

Thumb Folks

          In 2002, I started playing with Dean Barnett and Tom Schlichting who I met at several coffeehouse's. After playing together separately at several gigs, we morphed into a group we called "Thumb Folks" in 2003.
          We perform original songs in the folk tradition, traditional folk songs and acoustic songs from the 1920's thru the 1970's. An eclectic blend indeed. When listening to a "Thumb Folks" show the Monty Python saying "and now for something completly different" comes to mind. We will play "Bad Moon Rising", an original song then, right after, play a song by Sippy Wallace from the 20's. You never know what to expect. But, you always get "thumb" thing worth listening to. Known for our tight harmonies and instrumentation, we played frequently throughout the thumb and southeast Michigan until 2009, when we moved on to other groups, but we still get together occasionally to play when we can.

Lexington - 2001

          We released one CD called, "At Berry Pickin' Time" in 2006. It has 15 songs, featuring 6 cover songs and 9 original songs.





          We also released  a DVD of us live at The Barn Theater in Port Sanilac called "Thumbfolks! - Live" (if you can imagine that). Sorry to say it is not available right now, but you can see a few songs HERE


Tremblay-Evans

Thumb Folks

          While playing with "Thumb Folks" I was also playing with many other people. Among those were Bob & Joyce Evans. We officially got together in 2006 as a new folk group called "Tremblay Evans", but had known each other from jams since 2001.
          Performing what's been called "Folk Music for the 21st Century", we feature original folk songs along with many from the 60's and 70's. Tremblay Evans evokes a time when the words really mattered and the voice's would fill the air. Blending various traditional instruments with the voicing's of the words of today, you can imagine what Greenwich Village's Washington Square would sound like if it were beginning today. The times they change, the message remains the same.
          When not performing original songs, we play acoustic versions of songs from the 1960's-70's by such people as John Prine, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, and many others. Their acoustic instrumentation features Guitars, Banjos, Mandolin and Harmonicas.

Lexington - 2001

          We played a lot of shows in the "thumb" and southern Michigan from 2006 to 2010 and put out a CD called "On Roads" released in 2009. It features 12 original songs along with 3 cover songs.

"On Roads is a great collection of masterfully written songs with wonderful three-part harmonies throughout the project."
Jeff Williams - Melodic Promotions

For complete details and some samples, click HERE

          We stopped playing together when Bob & Joyce moved to North Carolina to pursue work during "the great recession".


          Once this happened, I stopped pursueing playing anywhere and took a break from playing live and only played in festival circles and jams. Kind of a reset of sorts. I had spent the previous 10 or so years pursueing and booking shows and I was tired. It can be a lot of work.
          After this reset I have decided to just do the occasional "solo" show and concentrate on writing new songs. However, I look forward to everytime I can play and jam with whatever musicians happen to be gathered around.
 


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