Mike Sanyshyn has played in a dazzling array of situations over the years from performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with recording artist Aaron Pritchett and acting as Musical director for the British Columbia Country Music Association Industry Awards to big concert and festival appearances.
Mike is a 3rd generation fiddler following in the tradition of his father and grandfather and he began playing fiddle at 8yrs old. Fiddle music became a passion and watching Al Cherny on CBC’s Tommy Hunter Show was a revelation.
Mike was named the BC provincial Champion 4 times, placed in the top 3 at the Canadian GrandMasters Fiddling Championships, the best finish ever for a BC fiddler to date. At the age of 22 Mike was selected to play for Mercury Recording artist Duane Steele in a band hand-picked from across Canada. Their first show was opening for Nashville stars Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw.
“That was my first introduction to touring and being exposed to big crowds. We also opened for Trisha Yearwood, Terri Clark, Prairie Oyster and many other acts. Subsequent opening spots included Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Merle Haggard and Shania Twain and he has also graced the stage with Ian Tyson, Randy Bachman, One More Girl, Johnny Reid and Nashville star Luke Bryan.
His signature sound has been recorded on hundreds of CDs and millions have heard Mike’s fiddle on the Vancouver Olympics segment in Torino introducing Whistler 2010. Rest assured there are precious few fiddlers, Canadian or otherwise, who can or ever will make that claim.