Michael Barker (drummer)

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Michael Barker
Michael Barker Cambridge.jpg
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 many Australasian acts, including The John Butler Trio and Split Enz. In more recent years Barker formed the power blues duo Swamp Thing with Grant Haua.[1]

Musical career[edit]

In addition to performing and recording, Michael has written songs and music with Tim Finn, David Bridie, John Butler, Shane Nicholson, Eddie Rayner, Brian Ritchie, Vika and Linda Bull and Christine Anu.

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

In 2008, Michael played with Split Enz on their NZ Reunion tour. He was introduced at the Wellington concert as "the newest Split Enz member".

In June 2008, Michael performed at the Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend Festival held in Melbourne.

Since 2010, he and friend Grant Haua are Swamp Thing, a "Two Man Blues Roots Juggernaut"[2] with three released albums and a track record of concerts performed through New Zealand and Australia.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Michael Barker made headlines as he unsuccessfully tried to save the life of a drowning man in Townsville, Queensland.[4]


  1. ^ Swamp Thing presentation by the New Zealand Herald
  2. ^ Swamp Thing on Facebook
  3. ^ Swamp Thing presentation by Muzic.net.nz
  4. ^ 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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