November 1, 2016

I'm celebrating 25 years in music with a very special intimate show: Saturday, December 3 at the Burdock in Toronto. This will be my first solo show in Toronto in over three years.


Good news for all ages: it's an early show. 6 - 8 pm sharp.


I'll be performing songs from The Bound Of The Red Deer, my solo catalogue and rarely/never-heard collaborations with Andy Maize, Brian MacMillan, Kate MacLean, Peter Cash and more TBA. Burdock is my favourite intimate venue in Toronto with room for exactly 87. Please reserve your advance ticket(s) now via this link.


April 14, 2016

The Bound Of The Red Deer: Michael's first new full-length recording in a decade. A duo collaboration with King Creosote. CD orders now available here. Official release in Canada through F<A<B on May 27.




Debut duo recording, “The Bound Of The Red Deer," four years in the making, released in Canada on May 24 through F>A>B distribution.

I love the deep humour and harmony, the pathos and the charm. These songs stand out like beams of light on a misty dark night..." – Chris Difford, Squeeze

Mercury-Prize Nominee King Creosote and Skydiggers’ Michael Johnston have forged a unique musical partnership.

“The Bound Of The Red Deer," their ten-song collaborative debut, is informed by a decade of change, friendship, travel and long-distance correspondence. Recorded in Toronto by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre), “The Bound Of The Red Deer” is a collection of heartfelt songs anchored by acoustic guitar, piano, ambient textures and an endearing vocal blend of Scots/Canadian accents.

King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) and Michael met in 2006 at a songwriter's retreat in rural Scotland. They hit it off quickly, and wrote two songs in as many hours. Along with six of the other musicians at the retreat, they formed a band called The Burns Unit. The Burns Unit released one album, named #2 folk album of the year by MOJO magazine, and performed on the Jools Holland show.

After the band amicably split in 2012, Kenny and Michael set to completing songs that would become “The Bound Of The Red Deer." Included on the album the earliest songs they wrote together, alongside collaborations with Karine Polwart and Emma Pollock (of the Delgados), and musical contributions from Texas musician Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams).

In May and June 2016, King Creosote and Michael Johnston will perform their first duo shows in over four years to celebrate the long-awaited release of “The Bound Of The Red Deer."

About King Creosote
Based in the small fishing village of Crail (Fife) in Scotland, King Creosote is one of the UK's most powerful and influential voices of the 21st century. King Creosote's 2011 recording, "Diamond Mine" (recorded with Jon Hopkins) was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, the UK's most prestigious music prize. King Creosote has attracted celebrity fans including Coldplay, Elton John and author Ian Rankin. His 2014 album, "From Scotland With Love," was the soundtrack to a feature documentary film of the same name, and reached #21 on the UK charts.

About Michael Johnston
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Michael Johnston is one of Canada's best loved musicians: an enthusiastic collaborator, gifted performer and dedicated teacher. Michael has appeared on over 45 recordings as a keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and/or producer. He has toured, written and recorded with Juno-winning group the Skydiggers since 2006, and has performed, recorded with and accompanied a who's-who of the Canadian scene including Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, Mike Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), and Oh Susanna.