Michael Meagher is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Music Improvisation degree. He currently plays with The Black Arm Band, The Meltdown, The Eugene Ball 4tet, Mick Meagher & Jenny Barnes duo, Emma Donovan, and The Putbacks.
He has worked as a freelance bassist for bands such as, The Bamboos, The Pigram Brothers, Kate Ceberano and the late Ross Hannaford.
In 2011 Michael performed with International superstars Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, through the Black Arm Band’s Melbourne Festival production Notes from the Hard Road.
Michael has acted as musical director for the Arts Centre Melbourne’s showcase Big Notes 2012, as well as The Black Arm Band’s tour of Wales and London in 2012, China 2014, Singapore, Taiwan and Canada in 2015, New Zealand, Malaysia 2016, USA and Canada 2017.
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, as well as PRI’s must-listen music of 2014 list. 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.
Michael’s discography includes albums with City City City, Tripod, TZU, Parallel Lions, Shane Howard, Kylie Auldist, Seth Sentry, Tuka, The Black Arm Band, Miss Murphy, Lance Ferguson, Jenny Barnes, and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. Michael was co-producer for The Cactus Channel’s debut release Haptics on HopeStreet Recordings.
Michael is also an active music teacher, he currently teaches instrumental music and leads ensembles at Eltham High school, Kingswood College, and Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT).