The Flowerpot Men:
Morgan Paul Williams, Felix Sonnyboy, Mikie O’Shea
Felix Sonnyboy is a singer/song writer from Michigan, U.S.A. He started performing in America and Europe in 2006, singing old-time music, Irish songs and originals.
2007 Felix began working with No Ego Promotions in Ireland, performing in venues all over the country. He has shared the stage with Irish acts such as Steve Wickham (The Waterboys) and Kila.
Felix has independently released seven albums of original music, the latest ” Mister Tears” recorded in Kauai,HI 2015.
Instruments : Guitar, 5-string banjo, ukulele, harmonica , Appalachian Dulcimer and piano.
Morgan Paul Williams:
Paul is from Cardiff, Wales, and is a multi-genre performer of some 35 years experience.
He began playing guitar at the age of 19, first in the pubs of Aberytswyth, Mid-Wales in 1980/81 and soon followed by the bars of Richmond VA in 1982.
Returning to the Mid-Wales hills, he played in several bands before relocating to Hiroshima in 1986. For 10 years there he fronted his own band playing original material and featuring ex-Twist guitarist Akira Ogami. He began playing Celtic/Irish music in the mid 90s, first learning bouzouki then mandolin.
Living in Hawaii between 1999 and 2006, he was mandolin player in Americana 6-piece ‘The Lost Pelican Band’, and one half of ‘The Mahalo Brothers’. In 2001 he began playing with legendary Hawaiian singer/songwriter Liko Martin, contributing mandolin on his ‘Surfin Bay Blues’ CD. Between ’04 and ’06 he was playing solo six nights a week performing Celtic Folk to unsuspecting American tourists both on Kauai and in the Irish pubs of Honolulu.
Since moving back to Japan in 2007, Paul has been very active, mainly in the Kanto area, playing both solo and as a member of the Celtic bands Mutiny and Celtic Wind, and Hawaiian music duo Pomaika’i. In early 2016 he played live on stage in Kyoto and Tokyo with country rock pioneer and Eagles/Glenn Frey songwriter Jack Tempchin on his Japan tour. He is a regular performer at Japan-Wales Society events and one as yet unfulfilled ambition is to perform in his hometown.
Instruments: vocal, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo.
Mikie O’ Shea is an Irish fiddle player from County Cork. His background is in the traditional music of Sliabh Luachra and he has been playing since he was in short pants. Mikie was the fiddle player with Arundó in Cork for five years before moving to Dubai where he co-founded the trad band Boxty who played all over the Middle East for four years. He runs traditional Irish fiddle lessons all over Japan and also teaches via Skype. The Flowerpot Men is Mikie’s first venture outside of the traditional Irish genre but it is a challenge he is relishing.