Blues, Folk and Rebetika on National steel guitar, bouzouki and harmonica
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Recently confirmed live dates:
Mid-week Blues in Town, Ipswich, The Duke of York, Wednesday 13th April
Luna Lounge, Leytonstone, East London, 22nd February
South Hill Park Arts Centre, with Ajay Srivastav, 16th February
Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, with Ajay Srivastav, 11th February (special guest Paul Midgley on darabuka)
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ABOUT MARK T. - Blues, Folk & Roots
On National Steel Guitar, Bouzouki & Harmonica
Originally from Hereford, but now living near Reading, Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of blues, folk and roots music since the mid eighties, solo and in the company of
esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, Welsh piper Paul Hancock, roots rock band Rootdogs
and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band).
High points have included an Arts Council award for his LP The Room, main stage Saturday night appearances at the Bracknell, Pontardawe and Christchurch festivals as well as sessions for BBC radio 2 live from their Paris theatre, London and Pebble Mill in Birmingham. He regularly gigs in Denmark, played in Italy and, with Paul Hancock, has toured Brittany twice.
Also of note was a recent performance in the Salon Noir cave in Niaux,
France amongst the 15,000 year old cave paintings.
His latest full length CD 'From Blues to Rembetika' received excellent reviews
in all areas of the music press.
‘Mark T. has his own unique way of presenting original music
that spans English Folk, American Blues and Greek Rembetika, and it’s very cool!
Mark is a fine singer and guitarist with his own style which shines through,
especially when he sings and plays slide on his National guitar’- Michael Messer
Tonight's set included the excellent Sean McDonagh song 'Green Brooms'.
Mark's rendition of St. James Infirmary was wonderful.
He concluded with a poignant 'Wish I Was in Heaven, Sittin' Down' - Brian Harrington, NWN
An original voice - The Guardian
‘Fiery bouzouki and neat blues slide, topped by T.’s distinctive, clear, English vocals
and a good choice of songs’ - fRoots.
‘Blues to Rembetika’ is a wonderful testament to his free spirit and joi de vivre’ -
'From Blues To Rembetika' is a very interesting album that opens the gate wide to other cultures and gives you the feeling that blues and roots music are indeed captured from one big barrel’. - Rootstime (Belgium)
Mark’s approach to the blues is pretty authentic – that’s a National Triolian on the cover – but I’m not expert enough to judge his Rembetika. I just know I enjoy it. -
Dai Jeffries, Folking.com
Why haven't I heard of you before? - Reg Presley (Troggs)
I enjoyed the blues, but I must confess I liked the Rembetika even more.
- Gail Holst author of ‘Road to Rembetika’