Past Dates

September 2018

Macleay Island Arts Complex foreshore
Sunset Jazz - 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Price: TBA

Stay tuned for more info about another sunset piano recital on the foreshore of the Macleay Island arts complex. Watch the sun set over the bay, with Coochiemudlo Island in the distance, enjoy a wine, and another night of smooth jazz and improvised originals from the local maestro. 

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Tingira Boat Club
Oysters and Jazz - 12.00 to 4.00
Price: $25.00

The annual Oysters and Jazz event at Tingira Boat Club promises to be a fantastic event this year with Michael heading up the lineup on jazz keyboard. Other great performances include Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, Shapeshifter, and Nuages. Ferry times will be met by the boat club bus as usual. Mark the date in your diary as tickets to this annual event sell out quickly!

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Macleay Island Progress Hall
Theatre Restaurant Event - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Tce., Macleay Island
Qld. [map]
Price: $25.00

The second of two theatre restaurant evenings with Michael doing what he does best - jazz piano! As well as great music and excellent food, tonight is also the last night to see award-winning comedy play, 'Give Way', performed but the MEGs players - an all-round great night of music and laughs! 

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Macleay Island Progress Hall
Theatre Restaurant Event - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Tce., Macleay Island
Qld. [map]
Price: $25.00

Jazz Canvas

The first of two theatre restaurant evenings! 

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Infinite Earth Festival
Infinite Earth Festival - 8.30am to 9.30am
The Organic Market
Macleay Island [map]
Price: Free!

Michael will open this year's summer solstice festival at the Organic Market, joining a great lineup of musical acts including Mama Ju Ju and the Jam Tarts and Island Vibe!  The quarterly events at the Organic Market are always a huge hit, with plenty to see and do, and great food. Check out the Facebook link here.  

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Macleay Island Progress Hall
CABARET! - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Terrace, Macleay Island
Queensland [map]
Price: $15.00

They’ve done it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group (MEGS) is raising the curtain and bringing down the house! MEGS is putting on a cabaret evening at the progress hall on Russell Terrace, Macleay Island. There’ll be some cool jazz and some dancing. There’ll be music and singing, including a few old favourites. And there’ll definitely be a little bit of naughtiness and a whole lot of laughs!  You’ll see a few island locals like you’ve never seen them before, and you might see an old movie icon bringing her personal brand of attitude. For tickets, contact Robin on 3409 4474, or leave a message for Andrea on 0437 222 626. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Macleay Island Progress Hall
CABARET! - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Terrace, Macleay Island
Queensland [map]
Price: $15.00

They’ve done it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group (MEGS) is raising the curtain and bringing down the house! MEGS is putting on a cabaret evening at the progress hall on Russell Terrace, Macleay Island. There’ll be some cool jazz and some dancing. There’ll be music and singing, including a few old favourites. And there’ll definitely be a little bit of naughtiness and a whole lot of laughs!  You’ll see a few island locals like you’ve never seen them before, and you might see an old movie icon bringing her personal brand of attitude. For tickets, contact Robin on 3409 4474, or leave a message for Andrea on 0437 222 626. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Macleay Island Progress Hall
CABARET! - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Terrace, Macleay Island
Queensland [map]
Price: $15.00

They’ve done it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group (MEGS) is raising the curtain and bringing down the house! MEGS is putting on a cabaret evening at the progress hall on Russell Terrace, Macleay Island. There’ll be some cool jazz and some dancing. There’ll be music and singing, including a few old favourites. And there’ll definitely be a little bit of naughtiness and a whole lot of laughs!  You’ll see a few island locals like you’ve never seen them before, and you might see an old movie icon bringing her personal brand of attitude. For tickets, contact Robin on 3409 4474, or leave a message for Andrea on 0437 222 626. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Macleay Island Progress Hall
CABARET! - 7.00pm for a 7.30 start
Russell Terrace, Macleay Island
Queensland [map]
Price: $15.00

 

They’ve done it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group (MEGS) is raising the curtain and bringing down the house! MEGS is putting on a cabaret evening at the progress hall on Russell Terrace, Macleay Island. There’ll be some cool jazz and some dancing. There’ll be music and singing, including a few old favourites. And there’ll definitely be a little bit of naughtiness and a whole lot of laughs!  You’ll see a few island locals like you’ve never seen them before, and you might see an old movie icon bringing her personal brand of attitude. For tickets, contact Robin on 3409 4474, or leave a message for Andrea on 0437 222 626. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Royal Queensland Art Society
Figurative Exhibition - Gala Opening Night - 7.00 to 8.30 pm
RQAS Gallery, Petrie Tce.,
Brisbane [map]

And we're back at RQAS for another solo gig of improvised piano. If you enjoy melodic neo-classical music in the style of Einaudi Ludovico and Tony O'Connor, then come along and experience two art forms at a free event for the exhibition opening (with the inimitable Francis Giacco judging). As for previous opening nights, this is likely to be a standing room only event with some stunning works on display. That's a sneak peek of one of Scott Breton's amazing works in the background!  

Who's that jazz man in the hat?

RQAS Figurative Exhibition 7-9-2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Royal Queensland Art Society
RQAS Inaugural Abstract Art Exhibition - 7.00 to 8.30 pm
RQAS Gallery, Petrie Tce.,
Brisbane, Queensland [map]

RQAS Inaugural Abstract Exhibition - Opening Night

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

'Phoenix Sculpture Garden'
'Fly Me To The Moon' - open air concert - 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Mt Nebo Rd.,
Mount Glorious, Queensland [map]
Price: $35.00 per person

Dr M - that's Dave Elston on guitar and Michael Mills on keyboard (with Rich - the 'r' in Dr M - absent from the trio today) performing some old and new favourites for lovers of jazz and blues.

The beautiful sculpture gardens built by Graeme and Margit Radcliffe.

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The Business of Murder! - 7.30 pm

They're at it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group presents its latest production, based on an original script by Trish Cation. Michael Mills will provide the music for the event, accompanied on fantastic guitar by Dave Elston.

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The Business of Murder! - 7.30 pm

They're at it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group presents its latest production, based on an original script by Trish Cation. Michael Mills will provide the music for the event, accompanied on fantastic guitar by Dave Elston.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The Business of Murder! - 7.30 pm

They're at it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group presents its latest production, based on an original script by Trish Cation. Michael Mills will provide the music for the event, accompanied on fantastic guitar by Dave Elston.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The Business of Murder! - 7.30 pm

They're at it again! The Macleay Island Entertainment Group presents its latest production, based on an original script by Trish Cation. Michael Mills will provide the music for the event, accompanied on fantastic guitar by Dave Elston.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Macleay Island Arts Complex
'Pure Piano' - concert by the sea - 4.30 to 6.30
Macleay Island
[map]
Price: $15.00

As the sun sets over Moreton Bay, Michael will play original improvised pieces and some of the smooth jazz that you all love. Bring a blanket or a chair, and a bottle of whatever takes your fancy - the concert will be held outdoors on the gallery foreshore lawns. Expect a laid-back night of pure piano music with a backdrop of the sun setting over beautiful Moreton Bay. Not to be missed! 

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONCERT DETAILS

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested! - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested! - 6:00 to 8:00

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

House Concert
Launch session for Dave, Rich and Michael - 3:00 till whenever
Macleay Island - RSVP required
[map]

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested! - 5:30 to 8:00

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested! - 5:30 to 8:00

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

'Phoenix Sculpture Garden'
The 'Love Is In The Air' open air concert - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Price: $30.00

Phoenix Sculpture Garden walk

Today is a unique day when I'll be privileged to support Graham and Margit Radcliffe at the opening   of their 'Weddding Garden' located within the stunning and inspirational Phoenix Sculpture Garden at Mount Glorious. Graham's Facebook page offers another way for you to preview some of the beautiful sculptures and artworks that populate the tranquil walkways through their mountaintop paradise. Please join us to celebrate the opening…or simply to draw breath for a moment on one of their rainforest walks.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested

No gig tonight folks, as most people will be recovering from the big race (Melbourne Cup), so the Parrot will be closed for this week. Hope you backed a winner!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Join us for our regular gig at the iconic 'Blue Parrot'.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Join us tonight for a special event where the folk from 'Selling Houses Australia' will be filming at 'The Parrot' on our beautiful Macleay Island.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Back at The Blue Parrot for our regular Tuesday night gig - see you there!

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

'Phoenix Sculpture Garden'
Music On The Mountain - To Be Advised
Mount Glorious, Queensland
[map]
Price: $20.00

This'll be a series of entirely improvised concerts - just my keyboard and me - in the open air, atop Mount Glorious amid the amazing sculpture garden of internationally acclaimed sculptor, Graham Radcliffe. Stay tuned for more details…the dates are not yet confirmed, but I'm aiming for early to mid September.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Back at The Blue Parrot for our regular night, with Kerry, Dean and Tahlia.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

And we're back at The Blue Parrot for the regular Tuesday night specials - because you asked for it! https://www.facebook.com/blueparrotcafemacleayisland

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

'The Perfumed Garden' exhibition by Trish Arden - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
94 Margaret Street
Toowoomba, Queensland
0400 716 577 [map]
Price: Free entry!

Join me on the beautiful scenic rim to welcome Toowoomba's annual Carnival of Flowers at the opening exhibition of floral artist, Trish Arden. Check out her beautiful work at: https://www.facebook.com/trishardenpaintings

Trish's exhibition runs through to September 28th, daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and alongside the Carnival of Flowers which runs from September 19th to 28th. A double whammy for lovers of this renown event! 

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

And we're back at The Blue Parrot for the regular Tuesday night specials - because you asked for it! https://www.facebook.com/blueparrotcafemacleayisland

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 5:30 to 8:00 pm

And we're back at The Blue Parrot for the regular Tuesday night specials - because you asked for it!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Smooth jazz and originals, plus a few you requested - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

'Mermaids' at Deception Bay
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Brisbane [map]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
Artists At Work - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Watch international artists and artisans engaging in their craft - a rare treat!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
Artists At Work - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Watch international artists and artisans engaging in their craft - a rare treat!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
Artists At Work - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Watch international artists and artisans engaging in their craft - a rare treat!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Macleay Island Golf CLub
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The 'Confounded Nugget' - 6:30 pm

An original pantomime by playwrights Trish Cation and Merle Bowden - a knockout comedy with a twist!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The 'Confounded Nugget' - 2:00 pm

An original pantomime by playwrights Trish Cation and Merle Bowden - a knockout comedy with a twist! (the kids' version)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The 'Confounded Nugget' - 6:30 pm

An original pantomime by playwrights Trish Cation and Merle Bowden - a knockout comedy with a twist!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Macleay Island Progress Hall
The 'Confounded Nugget' - 6:30 pm

An original pantomime by playwrights Trish Cation and Merle Bowden - a knockout comedy with a twist!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The 'Blue Parrot'
Solo piano - smooth jazz and originals - 6:00 to 8:00

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Macleay Island Arts Complex
Exhibition opening night - 6:00pm till whenever

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Macleay Island Arts Complex
Exhibition opening night - 6:00pm till whenever

MICHAEL'S MUSIC

"Michael's musical vision transcends the humdrum constraints of mere genre, offering up a broad palette of sound that evokes windswept landscapes, rolling seas and peaceful dreams. Above all, his compositions express something the world needs now - a sense of innner calm"

David Bentley musician and composer, music writer for Spirit magazine, Gold Walkley award-winning journalist

IMPROVISATION

Watch Elton John's fun improv' style as he shows how it's possible to "set music to almost any lyrics". And so he does - about a microwave oven!

CREDITS

Photography by Artventure, Brisbane

CD artwork, A.J. Quinn

Website design, A. J. Quinn