Michael Barker has had a long and busy career in music both here and on the other side of the Tasman. Barker’s unique drum and percussion style has seen him record and tour with prominent contemporary recording artists such as The John Butler Trio, Neil and Tim Finn, Split Enz, the NZSO, Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins, Alex Lloyd, Nathan Haines, Vika and Linda Bull, The Black Sorrows, Deborah Conway, Christine Anu, David Bridie, and My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
Barker’s also performed music in theatre productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cats, Rent, Tap Dogs, Poor Boy and Jerry’s Girls. In addition to performing and recording, Michael has written songs and music with Tim Finn, David Bridie, John Butler, Shane Nicholson, Eddie Rayner, Brian Ritchie, Vika and Linda Bull and Christine Anu.
Barker wrote, recorded, mixed and released his first solo album, Wonderland in November 2006. Two years later he played with Split Enz on their NZ Reunion tour. The Finn’s introduced him as the band’s newest member. Later he wore the ENZ hat again at WOMAD, playing in Eddie Rayner’s ENZSO project.
Michael Barker moved to Melbourne to study orchestral music majoring in percussion at Box Hill TAFE and The Victorian College of the Arts. Having established himself as a go to drummer & percussionist playing & recording with a host of Melbourne based bands & artists. 2003-2009 saw Barker team up with John Butler and Shannon Birchall to tour and record as The John Butler Trio sharing in a phenomenal musical journey.