Part guitar-slinging poet, part joker, part environmental crusader…Mike Aubé is a multi-dimensional songwriter who is grounded in roots traditions, but with hints of funk and rock influences.
The New Brunswick-born folkster held a brief career in teaching, until his quarter-life crisis led him to pursue the music bug that had been implanted in him by folk-rock rebels of the 60s. Mike honed his performance chops by playing acoustic rock covers in bars with his former band, Rust Bucket, while quietly crafting songs behind the scene. In 2006, with the help of Rust Bucket, he released his debut full-length, Aberdeen Street, which continues to delight CBC listeners and live audiences with quirky, upbeat, literary tunes, dashboard religious figurines and a UFO abduction.
Mike’s recent release, Cluster Folk, delivers more good, clean fun with tales of love gone right, love gone wrong and the dangers of falling asleep in front of the TV. Drawing from folk, rock, funk and bluegrass, Cluster Folk is a rambling jaunt that veers a little to the left of the ordinary.
“We really had fun making this record. We didn’t try to mould it into one specific sound – where the song called for bluegrass, we did it bluegrass; where the song called for funk, we brought in a four-piece horn section. But there’s still an underlying folkiness to it, thus the name Cluster Folk”.
With a “voice of smoke and honey”, interesting chord progressions and an easy stage presence, Mike is poised to become one of Maritimes’ finest performing songwriters. He has shared the stage with some best in Atlantic Canada, including Dave Gunning, JP Cormier, Jon McKeil and Sherry Ryan.