b. 17 July 1946, Sunderland, England. A former teacher, Elliott started performing in a trio called the Northern Front. He then went on to teach drama, a talent that became useful in his performing career. Unable to do both, Elliott became a full-time performer in 1974. He has toured the USA on numerous occasions, in addition to the Middle East. More of a comedian than a folk performer, Elliott nevertheless learned his craft, like Billy Connolly and Jasper Carrott, by performing and singing traditional songs in folk clubs, in addition to using his own, highly original, comic material. His talent was recognized by Tyne Tees television, who, in 1981, made a series of six half-hour programmes starring Elliott. The series was promptly banned owing to a reluctance to broadcast some of the material. Later, Channel 4 television transmitted another series of shows, At Last... It’s Mike Elliott, although it was by and large the same material that Elliott had used for the former, banned, series. A one-hour television special entitled Meet Mike Elliott was also broadcast. Elliott later had a single released, ‘Makin’ Me Happy/Talkin’ Crap’, on Rubber Records, but this too was promptly banned because of the use of the word ‘shit’.
A man of obvious talent, Elliott has played at the Cambridge Folk Festival and toured with Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad. He is also credited as being the first British professional artist to appear in China, beating Wham! by two days! Apart from the occasional acting role in television dramas, Elliott can be heard broadcasting on north-east talk radio stations.