What some folks have to say
about Michael Cook
Country Blues, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Traditional Folk
“Endearingly homemade acoustic folk music, distinguished by a wired intensity
and basement-bred confidence. A slightly off-kilter outsider artist whose forceful
playing and singing recall Lead Belly or Beck’s acid-washed folk experiments.
his guy’s raw sound is very refreshing in our age of over-produced VH-1 folk stars.”
- AudioGalaxy 10/2000
(reviewing 1997 CD “North York Skyline”)
“I’m a tad late this week because, as they say, the brain goes first. I forgot to bring my
copy of features and hosts home with me. Luckily, I have friends in low places.
Michael Cook is a high-profile musician in this town. His music is fascinating and fresh,
his personality engaging. A natural host for the Café.”
- Ken Bilton, host of Cafe at the Center, Toronto,
writing to announce the show for June 2nd 2002
“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Michael play numerous times and have always looked
forward to his performances. His songs cover diverse ‘slices of life’ and are supported
by dexterous and interesting guitar playing. Michael also brings a dry humor to the
proceedings, so that his presentation and his performance are always something to look forward to.”
- Bernie Schmidt, top 40 songwriter, longstanding member of the Songwriters Association of Canada,
former advisor to the SAC board of directors, host of
the Monthly SAC Song Stage in Toronto, performer at
SAC’s Bluebird North Songwriter Showcase. 12/2002.
“This guy’s a gunslinger!” - Dan Frechette
“I’ve played a few shows with this cat and he’s a very polished, structured, and yet
still soulful act.” -- Jay Ewert, 2003/05/09
“Very talented and professional ... wicked guitar playing!” -- RTAO, 8/15/2003
“This guy’s a real troubadour -- in the old sense of the word.”
-- Long Bear, 8/15/2003
“He should be shot!” -- Elspeth Cook, aged 93, 2001.