Michael Barker (drummer)
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Barker at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
|Born||1966 (age 51–52)|
|Origin||Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Associated acts||The John Butler Trio, Split Enz, Swamp Thing|
Michael Barker (born 1966) 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.
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Barker's unique drum and percussion style has seen him record and tour with prominent contemporary recording artists such as The John Butler Trio, Neil and Tim Finn respectively, Split Enz, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins, Alex Lloyd, Nathan Haines, Vika and Linda Bull, The Black Sorrows, Deborah Conway, Christine Anu, David Bridie, and My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
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. This album saw Barker collaborate with Bob Moore, Jeff Raglus, Bill MacDonald, Steve Hadley, Ray Pareira, Peter Neville and the VCA percussion ensemble.
In June 2008, Michael performed at the Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend Festival held in Melbourne.
Barker's son Tristan has received notoriety online for his views on controversial issues, such as believing that people should not mourn for a death of someone they do not know, as in the case of the Amanda Todd Suicide. Tristan's views were, arguably, taken out of context by the Australian media and promulgated as hate speech. 
- Swamp Thing presentation by the New Zealand Herald
- Swamp Thing on Facebook
- Swamp Thing presentation by Muzic.net.nz
- uncredited (10 August 2007). "John Butler Trio drummer's bid to save drowning victim". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2013.