Influences: bob dylan, loudon wainwright, lennon & mccartney, george harrison, richard thompson, grateful dead/jerry garcia, frank sinatra (& all the jazz standards he sang by gershwin, cole porter, rogers & hart, harold arlen, etc etc), john prine, dan bern, hank williams, tom lehrer, allen sherman, various classical composers, tommorow's headlines, yesterday's obituaries, & lots more I guess..
I've in New York City ,and have participated in FAWM every year since 2006. I play acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica, a bit of dobro and banjo, and a few other string things. I write a mix of the serious & comic, and sometimes topical/political songs, but many other things too.
I have two older cds from back in 2000-2008 on CD Baby -"mike skliar" , at cd baby here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar
and "Ship of State" (featuring many other fawmers singing on the title track and contributing to other tracks too) http://cdbaby.com/cd/skliar2
More recent projects, since 2012, are on bandcamp (mostly all free or pay-what-you-want (and free is fine!)-
Check out the many albums at-
Notes on a few recent projects (all on bandcamp)
2020 was a busy year for writing and recording- There were three (!) full-length albums-- "Copper Wheat Penny of 1911", which had mostly FAWM 2020 songs, released in March 2020, "Pandemic Reality" recorded and released in late spring 2020, and most recently "The year of 'can't even' " released in October 2020. Link to the most recent is here:
From the older ones, one very different project I should mention, "Chill on Chill" is an electronica-flavored virtual instrument album called that's a big departure for me- an all-instrumental groovefest, and alot of fun, especially as you don't have to hear me sing! Its at https://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/album...
Finally, the last few years I've been part of a collaborative musical project, "Seth & Skliar" with a good friend of mine who is a NYC Cabdriver- our debut album is a combination of spoken word, songs, poems & stories about NYC, cab driving, etc.. it's called "The Bards of Gridlock" - its great fun and a real trip!
the 'seth and skliar' project will hopefully also be active this FAWM and posting brand new songs here at http://fawm.org/fawmers/sethandskliar/
How active I will be in this years 2021 Fawm remains to be seen, but it's nice to 'see' so many of you here....
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Hey fellow New Yorker!
Hi, Mike! FAWMStock was a blast and missed everyone this past July... glad to meet you beforehand and wishing you the best this FAWM! Hope you are well.🎵
Hey Mike! It feels so weird that I can't just take the train to your FAWM-start and FAWM-over parties this year.. thanks for making me homesick in a good way, now let's hear what we've got this year. You prolly have a topic or two in mind already.. I daresay..
I'm guessing you have plenty to write about given Jamiroquai stormed the capitol building. Happy Fawming in 2021 Mike!
Hey Mike! Here we go again.........