Blues, Folk and Rebetika on National steel guitar, bouzouki and harmonica
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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
The brand new album (Blues at Zero) may be an early contender
for one of the best albums of the year -
Andy Nagy, Black Jack Davy Radio Show, WBRS, Waltham, USA
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
A unique release. Different, daring and hugely enjoyable -
Norman Darwen on Blues at Zero in BluesNews (Norway)
Here's a truly eclectic roots release of the highest order from a multi-talented man with a pertinent pedigree, such is the wonderful mix of styles. - John Bottomley, Blues in Britain, (Blues at Zero)
'Blues at Zero' is an extremely varied and enjoyable product and a great way to discover a considerable talent. Massimo Ferro, Blogfoolk, Italy
Mark’s talent for both composing and finding melodies of tear-jerking quality linger long after the disc is over ****– Alan Clayson RnR
Mark T. has carved out a distinctive niche for himself in the UK music scene. His latest album is enjoyable and very, very listenable – Kwartalnik Blues, Poland.
An original voice - The Guardian
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’