Mick Meagher is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts Improvisation degree (Bachelor of Music 2005, with Honours 2016), and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Music performance) degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Professor Cat Hope.
As a working musician, on the electric and double bass, Mick has enjoyed a diverse and active career. He currently works with notable groups and artists, including, Emma Donovan, The Putbacks, The Eugene Ball 4tet, Andrea Keller’s 5 Below, Jenny Barnes, as well as a new pursuit in solo electric bass performance, which coincides with his current Masters Research.
Mick was a long running member of the Black Arm Band, performing as their bassist from 2006 till the companies close in 2017. Mick was appointed Musical Director of the Black arm Band on a number of their international tours, including Wales and London in 2012; China 2014; Singapore, Taiwan and Canada in 2015; New Zealand and Malaysia 2016; and USA and Canada in 2017. As a freelance bassist, Mick has worked with reputable bands and artists, such as The Bamboos, The Pigram Brothers, Kate Ceberano and the late Ross Hannaford. Mick has also been a frequent collaborator with many of Melbourne’s leading jazz performers, including Lance Fergusson, Sam Keevers and Ronny Ferella.
In 2014 Michael co-wrote Dawn, the critically acclaimed album by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. Dawn made Double J’s top 50 albums of 2014. In 2015 Dawn won Best Album in the category of RnB, Soul, Funk and Gospel at the Age Music Victoria Awards. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were nominated for Double J Artist of the Year 2015. Mick is also an active music teacher, he currently teaches instrumental music and leads ensembles at Eltham High school, Kingswood College, Melbourne Polytechnic and as part of Chamber Made’s The Venny Project.