Michael Barker (drummer)

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Michael Barker
Barker at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Background information
BornRotorua, New Zealand
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1996–present
Associated actsThe John Butler Trio, Split Enz, Swamp Thing

Michael Barker is a New Zealand percussion musician best known for performing with The John Butler Trio and Split Enz. In more recent years Barker formed Swamp Thing.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Michael wrote, recorded, mixed and released his first solo album, Wonderland in November 2006.

Since 2010, he and Grant Haua are Swamp Thing.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Michael Barker made headlines as he unsuccessfully tried to save the life of a drowning man in Townsville, Queensland.[3]


  1. ^ "Swamp Thing presentation by the New Zealand Herald". Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ Swamp Thing presentation by Muzic.net.nz
  3. ^ uncredited (10 August 2007). "John Butler Trio drummer's bid to save drowning victim". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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