October 2009 - Michael Johnston and Traynor tour with The Skydiggers and The Burns Unit

Michael Johnston

Toronto based pianist / accordionist Michael Johnston relies on his Traynor K4 keyboard amp while playing extensive tour dates with roots-rockers The Skydiggers, and Scottish-Canadian supergroup The Burns Unit.

As an accomplished keyboard player, singer and songwriter, He has played with a veritable who's who of Canadian talent, including The Wailin' Jennys, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Dave Clark (Rheostatics), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Keri Latimer (Nathan), Serena Ryder, and Bob Wiseman. He has performed in venues across Canada and the UK, including including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland (2009), Summerfolk (2008), the Shelter Valley Folk Festival (2007), the North American Folk Alliance Conference (2006), Hillside, Mariposa, Stewart Park and Peterborough Folk Festivals (2005) and NXNE (2005).

"I never dreamed a keyboard amp could be in the slightest way sexy, but, lo and behold: the Traynor K4. It can hold its own on the loudest of stages, and always delivers clear, unaffected tone," explains Michael when asked about his choice of keyboard amplifier, the Traynor K4.

In addition to handling its obvious duties as amplifier for his keyboard rig, the K4 often doubles as a vocal monitor when required.

"Lately, it's also been doubling as a vocal monitor - what a bonus in scenarios where multiple monitor sends aren't available," he adds. "Add to that the multiple inputs for each of my keyboards, and you have a brilliantly-conceived and designed amp. The mighty K4 gets my highest recommendation."

Michael is 1/8 of the Scottish-Canadian supergroup "The Burns Unit" - "the most anticipated band in Scotland"(stv) - who made their official debut at the 2009 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. The show drew a sold-out crowd of 1200 at the legendary ABC1 club. The Burns Unit is currently recording its full-length debut, set for release later in 2010.

He has also worked with with Chris Difford (Squeeze), Stephen Fearing (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Dave Clark (Rheostatics), Cindy Church (Quartette), Saidah Baba Talibah (Jully Black), Peter Cash (The Cash Brothers), Dave Tough (The Silverhearts), Lewis Melville and Suzie Vinnick, as well as with renown Scottish artists Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock (The Delgados), King Creosote, Future Pilot AKA (The Soup Dragons), Emily Smith, Paul McLachlan, MC Soom T and Kim Edgar.

About Michael Johnston: Michael Johnston is a Toronto-based solo artist, songwriter, record producer, pianist, accordionist, teacher and member of Canadian roots-rock band Skydiggers as well as new Scottish-Canadian supergroup The Burns Unit.


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