Wise Words, 'Strong' Language in its orginal sense
Stories and Music
Mike has been working as a musician since the 1970s and a story teller since the 1990s. He has worked in arts centres, at festivals, in schools, community halls and private venues. He has been a resident storyteller for the Forestry Commission, and is currently working at the Institute of Cornish Studies, Exeter University.
Mike has made many recordings and radio broadcasts, and has written for learned journals and popular magazines on subjects relating to folklore.
Mike's tales vary from 5 minute fireside tales to epics such as Tristan and Iseult, Imravoe, the Tales of the Holy Rood, and Loki.
Mike O'Connor is a powerful and lyrical oral storyteller, and a fine singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Mike is honoured to have been awarded the OBE, to be made a bard of the Gorsedh of Cornwall, and to receive the Henwood Medal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
Years ago Del Reid said "There's music in your words." Mike's tales certainly have a lyrical quality that shines through whether he's telling to wide-eyed children or world-wise adults. And it's there in short fireside tales as much as in epics.