Mike has produced albums for some of the most famous artists in British Rock and Blues history including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor); David Bowie; Ten Years After; Savoy Brown; Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and Christine McVie); Chicken Shack; Focus; Freddie King; Climax Blues Band; Level 42 and Roachford, and in 2013 was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge Award, in recognition of his unique contribution to music.
Mike is probably best known as the founder of the Blues record label BLUE HORIZON (Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff, Christone McVie) – a major ‘ground breaker’ in its time and still revered to this very day.
Maybe not quite so well-known is Mike’s ‘other’ job – that of vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of The Olympic Runners but also the baritone singer with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
“To be fronting my own Rhythm & Blues outfit has always been a dream but the right moment to make that transition never appeared until now.
Fast forward sixty-one years to 2018 and the ‘with my own band’ debut album ‘BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON’ features tough, energising and tuneful rocking slabs of Rhythm & Blues in the vein of Fats Domino, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard and Louis Jordan et al. Twelve titles in all – 9 new self- penned originals and 3 ‘covers’ from the catalogues of Brook Benton, Mose Allison and Clarence Henry”
Alongside this release there will be a full-scale European Tour where MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO will have the audiences dancing in the aisles and probably in the street! Full-on 100% good time music guaranteed to put smiles on faces!
THE MIGHTY COMBO features Kid Carlos – an outstanding young guitar player from Spain (is this the new Peter Green?); Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums.
Friday, 07/09/2018, Venue 77, 77 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich
Saturday, 08/09/2018, Market Lavington, Music & Comedy Club, Wiltshire
Friday, 14/09/2018, The Borderline, Soho, London (double header with Sari Schorr)
Saturday, 15/09/2018, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire
Friday, 28/09/2018, Keighley Live, Octagon, Keighley
Saturday, 29/09/2018, Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, Cumbria
Wednesday, 03/10/2018, Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester
Friday, 05/10/2018, Blues des deux rivieres, Brittany
Saturday, 06/10/2018, Blues de Cerdanyola Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Friday, 11/01/2019, Darlington Rhythm & Blues Club
Sunday, 20/01/2019, Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness