Born in Waterford, Ireland. After some time working with local rock and Irish traditional groups he moved to Dublin. In 1996 Michael began working regularly with guitarist Louis Stewart, and many visiting artists such as Ronnie Cuber, Scott Hamilton, Mark Murphy and others.
Michael continued his studies, attending Banff Center for the Arts Jazz Summer Program, Alberta, Canada in 1997, completed the L.G.S.M. diploma course at Newpark Music Center, Dublin, 1998. Attended Berklee School of Music, U.S.A. and at the Karnatic School of Percussion, Bangalore, India under T.A.S. Mani.
Michael is now based in London and plays with leading musicians on the UK and International Jazz scene.