Acoustic music that covers alot of territory, Mike Ehlers moves from eco-folk-rap to pop, from alt-country to mellow grooves, from story-folk-with-a-punch to ballads born in the depths of a quieted gratitude. A multiple first-round winner of WCS (West Coast Songwriters) competitions in Northern California, he won "Song of the Year" in the Sebastopol division for 2010. Originally hailing from Northern California, Mike returned in 2009 after spending the five years in Canada, where he gained a faithful local following.
Recent performances in Northern California include The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, The Hopmonk in Sebastopol, The Union Room in San Francisco, Napa City Nights, Casparfest, and several appearances in the Mendocino Stories concert series.
Past shows in Edmonton include City TV, several appearances on Radio CBC's Center Stage, the Jubilee Auditorium, 'Night of Artists', the 'Heart of the City Festival', 'Winterfest', the Arden Theatre, the Northern Lights Folk Club and a variety of other venues throughout Edmonton. For a complete list of previous performances see the “Shows” page on this site.
A songwriter for many years, Mike was exposed to music and songwriting at a young age.
"Music has always been a part of my life. My parents were huge fans of the singer/songwriters of the 70's and I had the lyrics to many songs memorized by the time I was five years old. I was about eleven when I found a guitar in the closet of my grandmother’s house. I used to hold it in my lap for long periods of time, pretending that I could play the two remaining strings. At my next birthday, my Uncle Walt gave me the guitar. It still had only two strings, but we fixed that pretty quick."
- Mike Ehlers
Glad to be back in his native land, Mike continues to write, record and perform, touring Northern California and beyond.