Michael Troy was born and raised in 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”. He began to make Tuesday night treks to Cambridge, MA to perform at Club Passim’s open mics. Later that year, he was offered an opening gig for Bill Staines, and so started the idea of creating a recording. 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, with no fancy production, just the simple, touching words and melodies of a humble man from a town that has seen its share of ups and downs. Since that time, he has released two more CDs. He is a familiar figure on the Massachusetts folk scene, playing his own original blend of folk and bluegrass and showcasing his songwriting talents.
Michael has won many awards for his music winning the 2004 Boston Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest, the Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival Songwriter’s Contest also in 2004, the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest in 2005, the 2006 Wildflower Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest, the 2007 New England Songwriting Contest and the 2010 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.