Mike is a veteran folksinger, learning the guitar as a young teenage boy in the early 1960s. He left New England for Houston, Texas, and was a sought after coffeehouse performer, playing such folk music bastions as Sand Mountain, Anderson Fair, Houlihans and the Old Quarter. Austin, Texas was Mike's next destination where his passion for the 5-string banjo became a reality. By 1983, Mike was performing with Austin area bluegrass bands such as Them Flakey Biscuit Boys, Wrygrass, and Generic Bluegrass.
Married with three children, Mike and his wife, Laurie, moved to Dallas. Mike became better known in the Dallas folk scene when he joined Lu Mitchell and Catch-23, where he played banjo, guitar and harmony vocals. By this time, Mike was also working as a soloist performing children's concerts. Performances included Dallas' West End Festival, Addison's Oktoberfest, public libraries statewide and area elementary schools.
This is the time that Bonnie got into the act - literally. She would accompany Mike to performances where she soon became a featured soloist and was on TV two years before she began school. She loves to sing and perform, and following in her dad's footsteps, began guitar at age 12, and soon became interested in the mandolin. Her dynamic voice and her musical ability soon surpassed her years and now Mike and Bonnie Cruciger are featured performers at Six Flags Over Texas during the Fall Harvest Festival. They have just released their new CD entitled Those Were The Days and are performing at area acoustic music venues. Mike and Bonnie impart a fresh new look and beautiful harmonies on the traditional music that they believe in and respect.
Mike & Bonnie Cruciger
For Information & Bookings call: 972.690.9409
Check out the artist's website:
1. Gold Watch & Chain
2. Picture from Life's Other Side
3. Dream of a Miner's Child
4. Metsakukkia Waltz
5. 500 Miles
6. Coat of Many Colors
8. Is the Blue Moon Still Shining?
9. Cluck Old Hen
10. Who Will Watch the Home Place?
11. The Cuckoo
12. Those Were the Days