McConkey's music is upbeat and energetic (listen to Lovin' from the Heart), yet with a mellow, easy rhythm (listen to I Recommend It). McConkey remembers imitating Elvis (listen to Limo Night) on the front porch of his Adelphi, MD, home. Gyrating to 'You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog' while HiFi booming through the opened door. Miming guitar with his favorite baseball bat, McConkey would perform to the neighborhood. McConkey's mother was said to have a great singing voice, and sang on the radio in Salisbury, MD., as well as being second to none in swing dancing. The McConkey's never missed a day without singing as their children grew up. Born in Washington, DC., McConkey was in the right place for his love for 'soul' music. At 15 he and his brother won the Thursday Night 'Talent Show' at the Carnival Club on Georgia Avenue & Upshur. They became frequent guest there performing regularly along with the 'Soul Sisters', 'Pookie Hudson', 'The Knight Brothers' . The McConkey brothers will always recall the warm welcome to the inner city realm describing it as embracing them. Billy Stewart's manager helped the brothers meet Freddie Perrine, Peaches & Herb's producer and songwriters in the Washington area. At 18 Michael with his brother and Guy Merideth recorded their 11-piece band the Mystic Knights, recorded one song written by Freddie Perrine, and 4 other songs by Michael. That year Michael & Kenny signed a record contract with Shelby Singelton. McConkey's enthusiasm on stage never waned as 'tinsel town' dashed the hopes of the naive boys. . While attending Prince George's Community College and the University of Maryland, McConkey continued writing and recording and the brothers helped form a six-piece band, known as Easy. The band sang a variety of songs from Buffalo Springfield, the Beatles, and Fillmore-type rock and roll. Among the members, playing drums and vocals was Pete Ruguso, of the Night Hawks. Michael took off for Canada with four friends in the summer of 1970 to Perth County, Ontario. McConkey was writing and performing but baam! All of a sudden they fell into the 'San Francisco' of Southern Ontario. Eventually McConkey, along with Terry Jones (Terry does backup on cuts # 2, # 5,# 7,# 8,# 9)would become part of a group of singer - songwriters performing as the 'Perth County Conspiracy Does Not Exist'. The group was very popular with a hit album on Columbia Records, Canada. Michael toured with the group as well as playing duo with Terry Jones.More on Perth County at davidwoodhead.com McConkey is also an accomplished hoofer. World famous mime, Marcel Morceau and Chuck Mitchell (singer Joni Mitchell's first husband) complemented Michael on his movement on the stage. After about five years with Perth County, McConkey got married, had three children, formed a mail order nursery business and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton Virginia. McConkey has recorded two CD's and is currently working on his third. He performs around Charlottesville. Edible Landscaping offices at (434) 361-9134 is where he usually can be reached All songs are registered with ASCAP. Songs on Market Stage performed with Perth County are: I'z Your Guy Time For Writing Limo Night.
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