He recorded an album on a Soviet-era icebreaker, and played at David Suzuki and Jane Goodall’s birthday parties. Now, Danny Michel is coming to Haliburton to perform at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.

His concert will kick off the Haliburton County Folk Society 2019-2020 season Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

Society spokeswoman Sue Shikaze said Michel is an amazing performer, and it will be a great show.

“Danny Michel is a multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and filmmaker. He is an artist who defies genres and whose music has influences of rock, pop, folk, world and even classical,” she said.

Shikaze added that in his 20-plus years as a musician, Michel has released 12 albums, including “Klebnikov,” possibly the most northern album ever recorded, aboard a Soviet-era icebreaker. He toured with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, with McLean describing him as, “just fabulous … kind of like Paul Simon in the rhymin’ Simon days.”

Michel has also collaborated with Commander Chris Hadfield.

“Danny’s adventurous spirit has taken him to 25 countries and unique corners of the world. He’s always armed with a story and a song … from the Arctic, to the jungles of Belize, his scholarship program, the environment and more. All this conveyed with great writing, guitar playing and arrangements that convey a message along with a sense of hope and possibility. His music appeals to people of any age,” Shikaze said.

Local singer/songwriter Cassidy Taylor will do an opening set. Tickets are available online at haliburtonfolk.com or in Minden at On the Spot Variety and Haliburton at Halco/The Source. Adults $25, students and HCFS members $20. $30 at the door.

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