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.





Tin Pan Alley Times

“They want and want and there is no end to their wanting. What they sing is the song of the people. Man will never arrive, man will always be on the way.”   - Carl Sandburg

Imagine hobos and high society, bread lines and bathtub gin, suffragettes and flappers.


That was America in the 1920's and 1930's, and the music of the times reflected those extremes of wealth and political belief.


Take a ride with Michael J. Miles and  virtuoso trumpeter David Young from “Hard Times” to “Easy Street” and from “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime” to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” -- just a handful of the wonderful songs included in Tin Pan Alley Times.



This musical documentary for the stage features songs from America's greatest 20’s and 30’s songwriters, plus the words of some of her greatest poets and story-tellers. The show includes the music of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and Fats Waller -- framed by readings from the literature of the day including John Steinbeck and Langston Hughes.


Tin Pan Alley Times is a sophisticated and exciting performance experience with a substantial visual component: rear screen projections rich with imagery, photography and WPA murals that transport the audience to this extraordinary time and place.


With melodious voices, scintillating guitar and banjo, and soaring trumpet, Miles and Young combine their musical and theatrical expertise to bring this world to life.


"And don't forget folks, that's what you get folks, for makin' whoopee!"   Gus Kahn     



Full demo with literature & rear screen imagery.


 Demo with songs only.