Michael (Mic) McCreadie was born in Glasgow in 1947 to Irish parents. His fascination with folk song and music began around the mid fifties when his Irish relatives visited Glasgow and he was exposed to the culture of Irish traditional songs and stories during the family parties and get-togethers. His Uncle Sam was an exceptionally gifted singer and Mic soon learned a quite a number of songs from him. Frequent trips to Belfast on holidays fed and nurtured his growing passion.
His interest grew and developed during the folk boom of the 60s and whilst working in various parts of the UK and in mixing with American, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand forces around the world with the RAF he gathered songs from many different cultures. His abiding passion however was the songs of the Scots and Irish tradition, especially ballads.