Composer, Songwriter, Performer

Mike Bell is a scholar and author by day but a composer and performer by night.

Mike Bell is a composer, songwriter, and performer in both classical and grassroots traditions. His classical composition includes dozens of works for chamber ensembles, symphony, choir, mandolin orchestra, and solo piano.  In 2010, he co-founded the award-winning quintet Graminy, whose four albums bring grassroots and classical music together in a style the group calls “class-grass.”

Mike is also a songwriter, focusing on social and environmental themes. As well, Mike has written over a hundred “fiddle tunes” – jigs, reels, waltzes, airs, and more.

Mike performs widely on mandolin and banjo with Graminy, and on guitar as a soloist and as a member of the Elm Duo.

Mike is also an author and scholar. See his separate site on his books, articles, and teaching HERE.


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My band’s new album Live at the Brink wins a “world album of the year” award!

My band' Graminy's most recent album, Live at the Brink, has won the 2020 World Album of the Year award from the MAMAs!…

Music lives! Mike to perform a livestream show with Graminy, Sept. 12th, 7pm

Mike's "class-grass" ensemble Graminy will be performing a livestream show for the River Arts Center, September 12th at…