“Michael Troy’s songs tell the stories of people we recognize instantly. Mined from wisdom and experience hard-won, his language and poetry reveal true meaning sifted from raw fact, and, like our best songwriters, he leads us to revelations about ourselves. This is a songwriter who bears repeated listening.”
Michael Troy was born and raised in the rough-and-tumble mill town of Fall River, Mass. In many ways, his life reflects the lives of the hard-working common folk who populate this part of New England. Having spent parts of his own life as a mill worker, fisherman, laborer and carpenter, and most of his adult years as a husband and father, Michael has traveled many paths, and the experience and wisdom he’s gleaned along the way echoes through his music.
A magical storyteller with a gift for melody, a deep rich voice, excellent finger-pickin’ skills and the ability to compose outstanding stanzas of substance, Michael’s plaintive ballads speak of the hills and mills of Fall River and of childhood dreams not quite forgotten in the adult quest to make an honest living. But Michael is honest when he says he’s playing for himself, for the sheer joy of creating music to call his own. “I have no plan,” he says. “I’m not trying to write in any style or sound like someone else. I write from gut feeling. I let the emotion drive the music, not the music drive the emotions.”
In 1998, as Michael puts it, he moved “from the road of least resistance, to the road one chooses”. The CD he released that year, Whispers in the Wind, is like a vivid, painted picture – the artist’s conception of a life experience, illustrated solely by the tools of voice and guitar. There’s no fancy production here, no drums, keyboards, sidemen, not even liner notes – just the simple, eloquent, touching words and melodies of a humble, quiet man from a town that has seen its share of historic ups and downs.
Michael’s second CD, Romancing the Moon, continues to celebrate the beauty and intrinsic value of hard work and perseverance, memory and history, love and friendship, and above all, survival.
Michael has won many awards for his music, including most recently the Boston Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest and the Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival Songwriter’s Contest in 2004, the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest in 2005, and Michael was the winner of the 2006 Wildflower Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest.
.1 Pet The Cat
5 Hard Knocks
6 Shine Boy
7 Mill Town Boy
8 Here I Am
9 Careful Of The Devil
10 Winter Sun
11 Never Too Late
13 Progress Is A Slow Train
from “Here I Am”:
Have you ever seen those black clouds
Come blocking out the sun
They come rolling in on thunder
And pour on every one
A fair wind from the southern
Leans against the storm
Kicks up its heels in fury
Where the cold air meets the warm
And the sun breaks through the thunder
In rays of beaming gold,
Like God’s own hands collecting souls
Me, I look in wonder
At the parting of the sky
And the wind whistles, “here am I.”
“Here I am.”