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Mike Jurgensen, originally from Chapel Hill, NC, has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1968. In 1992 he discovered the Iron Horse coffee house in Tarpon Springs, where he began playing open mics. Since then, Mike has played at acoustic venues and folk festivals around the state of Florida, and has opened for such notable performers as Cheryl Wheeler, Richard Shindell, and Rod MacDonald, and has been the featured artist on numerous live music radio shows on WMNF 88.5FM in Tampa.
Mike is a 3-time finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival national songwriting competitions, and a 3-time winner in the Will McLean Festival "Best Florida Song" competitions, and has placed in the top 10 four times. Mike is now a regular judge for the Will McLean song competition. In addition, two of Mike's songs are featured in an award-winning radio documentary, “Apalachicola Doin’ Time”, produced by WUFT in Gainesville, and his song "The Golden Fleece of Tarpon Springs" is featured in a Florida Humanities Council project. Mike’s songs have also been used in a couple of WGCU (SW Florida) documentaries. Mike's debut solo CD "The Road Away From Home" was released in early 2002, and he also has a sampler CD, containing some of his Florida-themed songs.
From 1994 until 2002, Mike performed as a member of the well-known Florida acoustic group, Myriad. Together with Myriad, Mike produced 3 recordings: “Live at the Iron Horse”, "Song Circle" and "New Strings". Several of Mike's songs are featured on the Myriad recordings. After Myriad disbanded, Mike performed solo and with his son, Ian. Mike and Ian have a live CD, recorded at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. Most recently, Mike has been performing with Pete Hennings and Pete Price in the trio “2PM” (2 Petes and a Mike), and “2PM” has released its first CD, “Keepin’ Time”. “2PM” has performed together at numerous acoustic venues and festivals around the state of Florida, and will begin working on their second CD in the coming months.