Michael Snow

In a career beginning in Merseybeat era Liverpool, this songwriter / producer / multi-instrumentalist has seen success as a composer, (with the international '70's hit "Rosetta" and an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Hook frontman Dennis Locorriere among the highlights) as a touring and studio musician/arranger; and as the operator of his own publishing companies and recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
In recent years, Michael Snow's music has gravitated to reflect his Liverpool-Irish roots. The result is a collection of original songs titled "Here Comes The Skelly," recorded in Nashville over a six-week period in the autumn of 1998. The album features outstanding musical contributions from Mr. Locorriere, respected British folk-rocker Clive Gregson, and the Nanci Griffith band rhythm section of Pat McInerney and Ron DeLaVega. Included in the song sycle is a collaboration with the late great pianist Nicky Hopkins.

Born and raised in Liverpool, England, the son of Irish immigrants, Michael Snow began his professional music career in 1962 with the Merseybeat group The Barons, who recorded for Parlophone/EMI.
Moving to London in 1964, he joined West Five, scoring a chart hit with the early Jagger / Richards composition "Congratulations," after which his Irish roots showed briefly in a six-month stint with the prominent showband from Waterford, The Blue Aces (HMV Records).

As a London resident, Michael established himself as a freelance touring pianist/musical director with visiting R&B stars such as Doris Troy, Edwin Star, Ben E. King, and The Checkmates.

Michael joined The Checkmates as a full member in 1966, helping the band's transition to mainstream rock acceptance under their new name Ferris Wheel. Having tasted songwriting success composing Marmalade's first hit "Can't Stop Now" (CBS), he became chief writer/arranger on a string of popular European releases from Ferris Wheel, retiring from the band in 1969 to pursue songwriting and studio session work, while also serving as a music publishing manager for the world renowned Robert Stigwood Organization. During his period he contributed to works by, most notably, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, P.J. Proby, Badfinger, and a career highlight John Lennon's "Power to the People" (Plastic Ono Band.)

1971-72 saw a return to concert work for Michael Snow with a 60-date tour as pianist with Chuck Berry, appearing on the much sought-after bootleg "Six Two Five," and hisChess single "South of the Border." Micheal also served as pianist and orchestra conductor on the solo debut tour of ex-Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone, and also contributed to Colin's career highlight album "Ennismore" (CBS)
Reuniting with soul music legend Doris Troy, he worked on her George Harrison-produced album "Doris Troy" (Apple Records) and her subsequent live concert album "The Rainbow Testament."

In 1973, Michael moved stateside, settling in Nasville, Tennessee, where he pursued songwriting, record production and stints as a publishing executive. During this period, his songs were recorded by Ray Stevens, Earl Scruggs, and Julie Andrews. At the same time, Michael Snow managed publishing for the legendary Bobby Russell ("Honey," "Little Green Apples," etc).

In 1986, Michael re-establshed his collaboration with Dr. Hook lead singer/songwriter Dennis Locorriere (pictured above), and the inception of his own recording studio and wholly-owned publishing compnay, Irish Eyes Music.

A long standing friendship with fellow Brit and guitar ace Ray Flacke (of the Ricky Skaggs Band and studio fame) led to Michael co-writing and co-producing Ray's 1990 solo instrumental album "Untitled Island" (Intersound), which was re-released in December on Pharaoh Records.

In the Ninteties, Michael has returned more and more to his Irish roots. collaborating with members of the Brady Family both in concert and in the studio, producing County Tyrone songstress Elizabeth Reed, and leading the 8-piece contemporary Celtic band Ceolta Nua along with Elizabeth, Nanci Griffith drummer Patrick McInerney, and the cream of Nashville's young Celtic/American musicians.

Michael's expertise on bodhran, accordion, tenor banjo and vocals has been utilized to add the Celtic flavor to recordings by Robert Earl Keene, Gloria Loring, Canada's Leslie Schatz, Nashville folk artist Adie Grey, Cathryn Craig, (whose album "Porch Songs" was voted one of the top five country albums in Britain for 1996-97), contemporary Christian star, Michael Card, and the acclaimed CD "Celtic Passion = The Music of Roy Orbison."

Michael contributed six co-writes with Brian Willoughby to the Strawbs' lead guitarist's 1999 solo album "Black and White" (P.Y.O. Records, collaborated with Gloria Loring on "Invited To The Dance" for her CD "Turn the Page (Silk Purse Records), and rounded out the decade with a Locorriere/Snow tune (I Think I'm In Love) on the gold record "Dr. Hook-Love Songs" (EMI).

In 2000, Michael released "Here Comes the Skelly" (Irish Eye Records), the first volume of a trilogy reflecting the Liverpool/Irish experience in musical terms.
Snow teamed with Dennis Locorriere in Dennis' long awaited solo debut "Out of the Dark" (Track/East-West) which featured several Locorriere/Snow songs...and there was a spate of reissue activity. Sequel Records (U.K.) gathered all of Michael's mid-sixties output on Pye Records with Ferris Wheel and released the CD "Can't Break the Habit," while Telebender/Pharoah Records (home to the Hellecasters) reissued Ray Flacke's "Untitled Island."

The second volume of the Skelly trilogy, "The Rats and the Rosary" completed production in January 2001 and was released that spring.

Although immersed in the completion of the Trilogy during 2002, Michael also co-produced, M.D.'d and played bass and Hammond B3 on the album "Reckless Johnny Wales." Pictured left to right are Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter (of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers fame), Reckless himself, Michael and Pat McInerney.

The final chapter of the Skelly Trilogy "Never Say No To A Jar" was released June 9, 2003. And one thing leads to another....