Michael Billington is from Manchester and has been playing music for around 45 years. His first band was Rebec where he played renaissance woodwinds such as recorders and crumhorns.
He also plays with the ceilidh band Maggoty.
Michael now plays Hungarian and English traditional music with the Hungarian singer Ildikó Csige from Debrecen in the east of Hungary. Ildikó and Michael met at the first edition of Góbéfest in 2017 and have, over the last three years, developed an Anglo-Hungarian repertoire comprising traditional songs and tunes from their homelands.
Both musicians are well experienced in their own countries and have played at various venues as a duo including Hull Town Hall (for the 2017 city of culture celebrations), folk clubs, festivals (Gobefest, Manchester 2018 & 2019), schools, workshops and various events for the Hungarian and English communities.