In late December 2014 and early January 2015, we began working in earnest on some recordings of songs written by Michael Hickey. Mike, who learned to play guitar by secretly watching his phenomenally talented brother Danny and cousin Timmy Hickey, has been playing music in front of anyone who will listen since the mid-1970s.
As a young guitarist in the Chicago metropolitan area, he performed in various pop, blues, country, and folk groups, and often played his own songs as a solo act at regional colleges and coffee houses. Sheer blind luck put Mike on stage with many great musicians while he was still in his teens and early twenties, experiences from which he came to appreciate the difference between competent players and real professional musicians. Since the mid-1980s, Mike has continued to write, play, and perform music in various idioms while pursuing a career outside the music industry.
Mike, along with Safa Saracoglu and John Huckans, have performed in a number of combinations in the Bloomsburg area, often as a jazz combo. These songs showcase Mike’s considerable guitar chops and songwriting wit. It’s hard to tell what is more fun – recording them, or playing them!