KORATET - Michael on cello, Will Dudley on kora, Jonathan Roberts on trumpet, plus percussion.  Original chamber-jazz compostions and interpretations of traditional West African music.  MORE HERE!

MICHAEL SHAY AND SPUD SIEGEL (TRIO)- Swapping between Shay's original country-folk songs and mandolinist Siegel's repertoire of traditional bluegrass and Americana tunes, an upbeat duo or trio with Chris Kee on upright bass, and 3-part harmonies galore.  MORE HERE!

MICHAEL SHAY TRIO - Formed in 2015, then supporting the 2017 release of "Like a River: The Songs of Jim Harris".  Trio features guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and 3 part harmonies.  Original roots-Americana and country-folk.  READ MORE HERE! 

MICHAEL SHAY AND THE TEXAS EXPRESS  2012- present.  Bluegrass and Country, CD "Disfruteria!" from 2012.  Members have included Sam Guthridge, Patrick McAvinue, Ryan Hagler, Garrett Siegers, Geoff Union, Andy Sebastia, Phoebe Hunt, Brian Oberlin, Chris Kee, Peter Schwimmer, Peter "Spud" Siegel.  listen


THE JUST DESSERTS      2006-present. As “curators of delightful musical delicacies from every corner of the globe,” The Just Desserts explored repertoire and rhythms from dozens of different countries, reinterpreting and sometimes re-envisioning any music that caught their attention. Centered around the unique pairing of accordion and cello, their always-evolving, deeply original sound included elements of Latin, Balkan, tango, Americana, pan-European, western classical, Indian, Klezmer, jazz, blues, electronica, and Arabic music. Through a sophisticated and fun framing and blending of the essence of each individual musical tradition, the universality and diversity of the world's greatest music was made profoundly accessible to diverse audiences the world over.   listen  or   buy  or  visit website

CIRQUE DEL SHAY/  PACHECO, REGNIER, Y SHAY    2012 - present.  In Ecuador, Shay has performed his original music in both acoustic and electric formats with collaborators such as French guitarist Donald Regnier, Ecuadorian accordionist/pianist Daniel Pacheco, and Texan bassist Ryan Hagler.   listen/watch

"DECADENCE" CD AND TOUR - Compilation CD featuring tracks from Michael Shay, Texas Express, Just Desserts, and Alive and Well from projects 2002-2012.  USA tour to TX, NM, AZ, CA, OR, WA, ID and CO summer 2015 featured Donald Regnier and Ryan Hagler.  

MICHAEL SHAY "DEBUT"  2004.  With Anais Mitchell, Libby Kirkpatrick, Raphael Bas, Alex Coke, Eleanor Whitmore-Masterson, Geoff Union, Billy Bright, Bryn Davies. and more, + Shay on 12 instruments, original "folk" acoustic CD:  "Lines of Darkness Lines of Light" 2004.   listen/buy

UPTOWN CONDUCTORS    2008.  Experimental, improvisational recording project with Rob Halverson.  "music for film"    listen

MICHAEL SHAY ELECTRIC BAND    2005 - 2007.   Having been called a "jam band for grownups" whose live shows regularly elicit superlatives such as "I haven't heard music that good since 1972.", the band featured original tunes by Shay and other songwriter friends (Matt Fockler, Jim Harris, Libby Kirkpatrick) in an fiery electric context, showcasing the improvisational alchemy of rock and jazz musicians such as Alex Coke, Wayne Sutton, Doug Marcis, Steve Zirkel, Evan Arredondo, Glen Rexach, Elizabeth Suggs, Geoff Union, Matt Giles and David Webb.  The band recorded a CD in 2006 that is yet to be released. Have a listen to a few live tracks recorded by JCrX at Ruta Maya in Austin in 2005-2007:   listen 

"Life is Short" 2002 (Geoff Union and Michael Shay acoustic Americana)   listen/buy

994-present.  Sessions, shows, and projects as accompanying cellist for singer songwriters and bands in genres including folk, pop, rock, blues, swing, country, bluegrass, funk, hip hop, metal, Balkan, jazz, and more.


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