Existential Banjo


Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka

Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


About Michael J. Miles



When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.





Above:  Miles with banjo class at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop


Banjo & Guitar Workshops

"Michael Miles was seemingly very low key, but underneath was very encouraging and powerful.  In my wildest dreams, I never imagined being able to do all the things we did."            
 D.L., Philadelphia


WORKSHOPS:  guitar, banjo, & vocals

Miles travels all over the world to continue sharing his work on clawhammer banjo and fingerstyle guitar.   This includes both performance as well as instruction, as he continually develops new workshops, and new approaches to education for students of all ages.  Below are the titles of recent and current offerings.


Banjo Workshops

Music of Morocco for the Banjo

Latin & African Music for Banjo

If JS Bach Had A Banjo

Instant Clawhammer for Bluegrass Players

Music of Brittany for Banjo

Fretless Blues

Composition and Arranging

Syncopation & Silence

Renaissance Banjo

Singing with the Banjo

Counterpoint Harmony for Banjo

Clawhammer Basics


Guitar Workshops

Great American Songbook

Fingerstyle Arranging

Stevie Wonder for Fingerstyle Guitar

Beatles & Pop Tunes

Swing Guitar Chords

Fingerpicking Song Accompaniment


Instrumental Composition


Miles has been featured at:

Beni Mellal Theatre (Morocco) American Banjo Camp, Tennessee Banjo Institute, Midwest Banjo Camp, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music, Seamus Ennis Cultural Center (Ireland), Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, Maryland Banjo Academy, American University in Beirut (Lebanon), Marrakesh Opera Theatre (Morocco), Ravinia Festival, Mayfield Fringe Festival (UK), Smithsonian Insitution, Kennedy Center, Musical Instrument Museum



(Above:  "Crossroads" performed on fretless banjo at Midwest Banjo Camp)

(Above:  Medley of Hector the Hero and JS Bach's Sleeper's Awake)