Mike Finders Musician
Entertainer, Educator, Songwriter
Mike Finders (rhymes with cinders) has had a guitar in his hand since he was a toddler.
A natural storyteller and educator, Mike fronts the bluegrass/new acoustic quintet from Colorado, FY5, as well as his electric blues trio, Spidercat.
He has had a music career spanning decades, including jam bands, blues bands, folk and roots duos, mostly in Iowa, where he grew up. He has written hundreds of songs, and is a registered BMI songwriter and performer, as well as proud member of the International Bluegrass Music Association.
He performs solo, both as a bar-room entertainer in local watering holes along the northern front range in Colorado, as well as a touring singer-songwriter.
He is a two-time winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC, and enjoys co-writing with a few of his favorite writers.
As a music educator, Mike has crafted and facilitated hundreds of adult and kid-centered acoustic music workshops, camps, and group lessons. He teaches a five-day bluegrass camp every Spring at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, as well as at the Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival (with FY5).
He is a dad to two young adult daughters, a husband, a struggling runner, a feisty card player, and coffee snob.